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So how did you get here? A Freeman’s magazine launch
So how did you get here? A Freeman’s magazine launch

With Aminatta Forna, Rabih Alameddine, Kerri Arsenault and John Freeman

Fredag 9. juni kl. 1800, i Kjelleren

Arrangør: Freeman’s magazine

Come to Litteraturhuset Friday night for a launch of the third issue of the literary magazine Freeman's. Focussing on the question what makes home, this latest issue of the acclaimed literary biannual spotlights never-before-published stories, essays, and poetry by Edwidge Danticat, Herta Müller, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Kjell Askildsen, Kay Ryan, Aleksandar Hemon, and many more.

John Freeman will be joined on Friday night June 9th at 18h by three contributors from the current and previous issues — Rabih Alameddine, Kerri Arsenault, and Aminatta Forna — for a discussion about the politics of belonging and home, family and tribe. In light of the current global refugee crisis and the increased visibility of homeless populations in parts of America and elsewhere, reflecting on the idea and meaning of home has gained new urgency. In their readings and conversations, the authors will talk about the necessity and wonder that is home.

In his essay Rabih Alameddine describes leaving his mother’s Beirut apartment to meet Syrian refugees who are building a semblance of normalcy, even beauty, in the camps which have swelled to a breaking point. Kerri Arsenault returns to her birthplace of Mexico, Maine, a paper mill boomtown turned ghost town, around the time the mill’s toxins have begun to poison the people left behind.

And in her essay from Freeman’s: Family, Aminatta Forna muses on the way the legacy of slavery breaks differently on each side of the Atlantic. After moving to Washington DC, where she lives among descendants of Sierra Leone — one of two places she is from — Forna discovers a sharp distinction in how she claims her past and how others view that history through skin color.


About Freeman’s:

“There’s an illustrious new literary journal in town . . . [with] fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by new voices and literary heavyweights . . . alike.”—Vogue.com

Published around the world in English, Romanian, and soon Italian and Swedish, Freeman’s is the biannual literary journal created by former Granta editor John Freeman. Featuring well-known writers such as Haruki Murakami, Kjell Askildsen and Lydia Davis and exciting fresh voices like Édouard Louis and Athena Farrokhzad as well as brand new writers, each issue revolves around a theme. The first three issues have been declared “strikingly international,” (Boston Globe), “illuminating” (NPR) and “fresh provocative and engrossing” (BBC). Upon reading the first issue, the literary critic James Wood said: “Looking at what John [Freeman] has put together in this first edition, I’m struck by how many names I don’t know and how diverse and global it is. My only disappointment is that it’s going to be twice a year—I think we need it 4 times a year.”

About the authors:


Rabih Alameddine is the author of the novels I, the Divine, and The Hakawati, which was an international bestseller, as well as Koolaids and The Perv (both Grove Atlantic). His novel An Unnecessary Woman (Grove) won the NCIBA Award 2014 and California Book Award 2014, and was a finalist for the National Book Award 2014, the PEN Open Book Award 2015, the NBCC Award (National Book Critics Circle Award), and longlisted for the IMPAC Award. It won the Prix Femina Etranger in 2016. His most recent novel, The Angel of History (Grove Atlantic) was longlisted for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Alameddine was a 2002 Guggenheim fellow. He divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut.

Kerri Arsenault writes for the Literary Hub and her work has appeared various publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and Freeman’s. She is currently working on a narrative nonfiction book about her home state of Maine (Picador, 2019).

Aminatta Forna is a novelist, memoirist and essayist. She was born in Scotland and raised between Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom, and also spent periods of her childhood in Iran and Thailand. Her novels are The Hired Man, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones. In 2002 she published a memoir of her dissident father and Sierra Leone, The Devil that Danced on the Water. She is the winner of a Windham Campbell Award from Yale University, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and has been a finalist for the Neustadt Prize, the Orange Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize and the IMPAC Award. Aminatta has acted as judge for several major literary awards including the International Man Booker 2013, the Sunday Times Short Story Award 2014 and the Bailey Prize 2017. Aminatta was made an OBE in the Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours list. Aminatta is currently Lannan Visiting Chair of Poetics at Georgetown University. Her new novel Happiness will be published by Grove Press and Bloomsbury UK in 2018 and she is working on a book of essays.

John Freeman is the editor of the literary biannual Freeman's and the author of two books of nonfiction, The Tyranny of Email and How to Read a Novelist, as well as a book of poems, Maps, forthcoming in October from Copper Canyon. He has assembled two collections of writing on inequality, Tales of Two Cities, an anthology on New York City, and Tales of Two Americas, which covers the U.S. at large and will be published in the fall by Penguin. The former editor of Granta, he lives in New York City and teaches at NYU. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Morgenbladet and been translated into more than twenty languages.


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