Freeman’s

Elaine Castillo, Aminatta Forna

Freeman’s

Moderator: John Freeman

Event Number: 67

Free or by donation

Freeman’s

Elaine Castillo, Aminatta Forna

Saturday, October 20
10:30am - 12:00pm
Studio 1398

1398 Cartwright St, Vancouver

Ah, were there a word for that feeling of discovering something truly exceptional slightly before the rest of the world. Follow the work of John Freeman and you may need it sooner than later. The critic, author and editor of Freeman’s anthologies has a knack for championing the works of lesser-known literary giants. Nowhere is this more true than with Elaine Castillo and Aminatta Forna. In praise of Castillo’s debut novel, America Is Not the Heart, Vogue posited that she “is part of a younger generation of American writers instilling literature with a layered sense of identity.” Forna won the Commonwealth Writers’ Best Book Award and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her latest work, Happiness, follows two strangers’ increasingly intertwined lives. Welcome to your new favourite reads.

Event Participants:

Elaine Castillo

United States

Elaine Castillo was born and raised in the Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation Fellow. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming from Freeman’sLit HubThe RumpusTaste MagazineBon AppetitElectric Literature and elsewhere. Her debut novel is America Is Not the Heart and is forthcoming in translation in multiple countries.

Elaine Castillo is presented in partnership with the US Consulate in Vancouver.

Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna

United Kingdom

An author, activist and documentary film-maker, Aminatta Forna’s writing has won multiple awards including the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Best Book Prize for The Memory of Love. She has also acted as judge on a number of literary award panels including the International Man Booker. Her latest novel Happiness, has been selected as the Best Book of 2018 by The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and more.

aminattaforna.com, @aminattaforna

John Freeman

John Freeman

United States

John Freeman is a literary critic and writer. He was the editor of Granta and his work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times and The Paris Review. His writing has appeared in almost 200 English-language publications around the world and has been translated into more than twenty languages. His latest publication, Freeman’s: Power, features writing from over 25 authors, including Festival author Aminatta Forna. Maps, his debut poetry collection, was published in 2017.

freemansbiannual.com@FreemanReads

John Freeman is presented in partnership with the US Consulate in Vancouver.