COLUM McCANN & JOHN FREEMAN with PAUL CONSTANT at The Seattle Public Library
Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, LITHUB, The SEATTLE REVIEW OF BOOKS, and SEATTLE CITY OF LITERATURE. Usually book tours set up independently of each other don’t mesh quite like this. Celebrated Ireland-born, National Book Award-winning fiction writer Colum McCann and John Freeman, former editor of Granta, one of this country’s foremost critics, and now editor of the new semi-annual, Freeman’s (Grove), both live in New York, and there had an easily-enough arranged evening together for their newest efforts. It made even more sense, as Colum McCann has a piece in the first edition of Freeman’s, whose theme is “Arrival.” Colum McCann is ‘arriving’ here tonight with a marvelous story collection, Thirteen Ways of Looking (Random House). “A novella evoking insecurity in the age of security cameras and three heartbreaking stories make up McCann’s latest short-fiction collection … Separate and together, these four works prove McCann a master with a poet’s ear, a psychologist’s understanding, and a humanitarian’s conscience.” - Publishers Weekly. John Freeman’s Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival has an impressive array of contributors from the highly known to those who will be known. He also has a fabulous anthology of writing about New York just out, Tales of Two Cities: The Best of Times and Worst of Times in Today’s New York (Penguin). Helping moderate things tonight will be Paul Constant, former book editor of The Stranger, now a Seattle correspondent to www.lithub.com (where John Freeman is an editor), and the editor of The Seattle Review of Books. Free admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seattle Public Central Library is at 1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring). For more information, please see www.spl.org or call 206.386.4636.