John Freeman is a critic, editor, and author of the books The Tyranny of Email: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox and How to Read a Novelist, a collection of his interviews with major contemporary writers. In 2017 he published his first book of poetry, Maps. The publisher writes, “Simultaneously world-wide and intimately domestic, Maps is nostalgic with a cool head, and able to examine a younger time with insightful compassion and grace.” Freeman served as editor at the UK-based literary magazine Granta from 2009 to 2013. In 2015 he launched Freeman’s, a literary journal featuring new fiction by celebrated writers such as Dave Eggers, Louise Erdrich, Aleksandar Hemon, Lydia Davis, and David Mitchell. He subsequently published Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York. In this collection, 30 major contemporary authors, including Zadie Smith, Junot Díaz, and Teju Cole, examine life in a deeply divided New York.