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October 20, 2020

“The man who interviewed the world’s greatest writers”, in Bucharest

On Monday, October 12, starting at 6:30 PM, Carturesti Verona Tea House will host an event dedicated to John Freeman, author of the book “How to Read a Novelist” and one of the writers who discuss the power of stories to change the world at the 2015 edition of the conference The Power of Storytelling.

During the last 15 years, whenever a book was launched, John Freeman was there to greet it, publishing thousand of reviews and interviewing countless writers. In “How to Read a Novelist”, he collected 55 of the best profiles (many of them written especially for this volume) of some of the best novelists of our time.
From internationally famous celebrities such as Doris Lessing, Haruki Murakami, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Mo Yan, to genuine American literary legends such as Don DeLillo, Norman Mailer,
Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, Philip Roth, John Updike or David Foster Wallace and up to the new generation of writers such as Edwidge Danticat, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen and many more, Freeman has talked to everybody.

The result is an educational and revealing guide, decisive and open to the diversity and effervescence of literary culture: a vision on novel as a varied, yet vital and contemporary form of art, a portrait of the novelist as a singular and profound figure in our fragmented culture, a book that is an essential reading to any aspiring writer and any devoted writer, a perfect companion (or a gift!) to all who nest in their bed with a book and want to know more about its writer”, the press release issued by the organizers of the event shows.

John Freeman is an award-winning author and a well-known book critic. Former President of the National Book Critics Circle and coordinator of Granta anthologies, Freeman wrote about books in over 200 publications worldwide, including The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, La Repubblica and La Vanguardia. His first book, The Tyranny of E-mail, was published in 2009. Presently, John Freeman lives in New York.

A true story about love, desperation and GPS technology

Also, on October 11, illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and writer Caroline Paul, author of Vellant’s new title, “Lost Cat”, will be invited to Verona Garden, at 10:30 AM. They will come with “A true story about love, desperation and GPS technology” and will tell stories about cats, illustrations, true stories, books and many more.

Their book brings the answer to the question many masters are asking themselves: “What are our pets doing when we are not around?”
With plenty of humour, obviously, as a result of the adventures they went through while following their beloved tomcat, Tibby, using various resources, from detectives with “spiritist skills” to cameras and GPS technology.

Caroline Paul is the author of the historical novel “East Wind, Rain” and pf the book of memories “Fighting Fire”.
Wendy MacNaughton’s drawings were published in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
Wendy MacNaughton is among the guests of the 2015 edition of the conference “The Power of Storytelling”.

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