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“The Urgent Need to Change the Language We Use to Talk About the Climate Crisis” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS editor John Freeman writes for Time

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

“The pandemic shows we’re capable of drastic change. It’s time to stop telling ourselves we can’t do the same to save the planet.”

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“‘Tis the Season for Green Gifts” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS recommended by Living on Earth

Friday, December 18th, 2020

“One of the gifts I’m giving this year is the book Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality In A Divided World. We had the editor John Freeman on the show recently, and it’s a collection of essays, short stories, poems and reportage by writers all over the globe about the relationship between the climate emergency and inequality. It’s a great read, I think really beautiful and thought provoking and I think it would make a wonderful holiday gift for people who like a wide variety of stories.”

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“Our 65 Favorite Books of the Year” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS featured on Lit Hub

Friday, December 18th, 2020

We Lived Through 2020 and All We Got Were These Really Good Books

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“John Freeman Joins Knopf” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS editor announced as Executive Editor

Friday, December 11th, 2020

Author and New York City publishing fixture John Freeman will join Knopf as executive editor on March 15, acquiring fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He will report to executive v-p and publisher Reagan Arthur. Freeman comes to Knopf from Literary Hub, where he was executive editor, and formerly edited Granta. He is also the founder of the literary annual Freeman’s and multiple anthologies, including The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story, which is forthcoming in 2021.

See the announcement here.

“12 books on climate and environment for the holidays” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS featured on Yale Climate Connections

Friday, December 4th, 2020

Twelve books address decades of writing on climate change, reassess the challenges, offer hope and guidance for action, and envision very different, climate-changed futures.

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“Compelling literature on how climate change affects us all” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS editor John Freeman interviewed on Living on Earth

Monday, November 9th, 2020

Listen to the interview here.

“[A] reason for hope.” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS reviewed by the Los Angeles Review of Books

Monday, October 26th, 2020

Tales of Two Planets is not soothing. It is not simple or stable, and it refuses easy pieties. You may struggle to make sense of the voices, to fit them into your own overarching narrative, and you will fail because there is no single narrative — these are tales, not a tale, and they force you to ask instead of answering, to continue asking, each tale an answer you’ve probably never heard. When writing can make you do that, at least for a moment, it’s another reason for hope.

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“Read it. Share it. Let it change the way you relate to our only home.” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS reviewed by Orion

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

When the introduction has more content and brilliance than most books, you know you are in for a treat in the remaining pages. The founder of Freeman’s and executive editor of Literary Hub wants to break us out of waiting and into the collective action that is our only real hope to slow climate change… This collection may be best savored, contemplated, and reread as a prayer and as a call to action: think about what he’s saying but also enjoy the way he’s saying it. “What if we believed, stupidly or hopefully, that every living life mattered equally?” Freeman writes. Read it. Share it. Let it change the way you relate to our only home.

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“Here Are Some Great Virtual Book Events Happening This Week” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS featured on BuzzFeed

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Panels on horror fiction and climate writing, memoirs from Peter Frampton and Matthew McConaughey, a celebration of African American poetry, and much more.

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“The challenges of addressing the climate crisis in fiction, and what kind of writing moves us to take action” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS editor John Freeman interviewed on Mr B’s

Friday, October 16th, 2020

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“Brought back visceral sensations and emotions that I sometimes fear I’ve grown too numbed by my daily consumption of climate news to feel anymore.” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS reviewed by the Nation

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

My descriptions come nowhere near doing justice to their stories and the power of their writing. You must read them and encounter their voices yourself—along with those of 34 other contributors, including Edwidge Danticat on Haiti, Mohammed Hanif on Pakistan, Anuradha Roy on India, and Ian Teh on China, to name just a few.

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NEW EVENT: Sulaiman Addonia, John Freeman, Lauren Groff, and Lina Mounzer discuss TALES OF TWO PLANETS with BPL Presents on Monday, 10/19/20

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

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“The 10 Hottest Climate Change Books of Summer” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS featured on EcoWatch

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020
In this hybrid book of nonfiction, fiction, essays and poems, an all-star lineup of international writers addresses how climate change will exacerbate the gap between rich and poor around the world and put millions of people at greater risk. Margaret Atwood, Anuradha Roy, Lauren Groff and Chinelo Okparanta are among the notable contributors.

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UPCOMING WEBINAR: “Alta Asks Live: John Freeman” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS editor in conversation with Mary Melton

Thursday, August 20th, 2020
Sep 16, 2020 12:30 PM Pacific Standard Time (US and Canada)

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“We need to be together in our aloneness, to see each other being solitary, for being to be bearable” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS editor John Freeman writes for the Kenyon Review

Thursday, August 13th, 2020
A church which is shut—a neighborhood [book]shop that has no one on its floors: they don’t bind us in the way they can when full. We need to be together in our aloneness, to see each other being solitary, for being to be bearable. How else to turn the exhaust of simply existing into the hope necessary for living?

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“A mosaic-like compendium of short works… Excellent environmental writing” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS reviewed by the New Republic

Monday, August 10th, 2020
Tales of Two Planets is a mosaic-like compendium of short works compiled and introduced by John Freeman, former editor of Granta. The collection includes Edwidge Danticat writing about Haiti, a poem by Margaret Atwood, and a new Lauren Groff story about a mother immobilized by climate change-related depression, among 30-odd other views on ecological disaster across the world.

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“Read Up on the Links Between Racism and the Environment” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS featured in the New York Times

Monday, August 10th, 2020
The unequal impact of climate change is chronicled in a collection of essays, poems and stories called “Tales of Two Planets.”

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“It Takes Many Voices to Find the Truth” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS editor John Freeman writes for Lit Hub

Thursday, August 6th, 2020
John Freeman on the origins of Tales of Two Planets

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“In This Phase In The 58th American Presidentiad (United States)” — Poem by Lawrence Joseph from TALES OF TWO PLANETS published on Lit Hub

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
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“Climate Activist Amy Brady Recommends Five New Books on the Climate Crisis” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS featured on Lit Hub

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
John Freeman, founding editor of Freeman’s magazine, published in 2017 to great acclaim Tales of Two Americas, an anthology about income inequality. Tales of Two Planets poignantly extends that focus to the rest of the world, revealing how climate change exacerbates inequalities of all kinds in communities impacted hardest. The collection includes essays, fiction, and poems by some of today’s brightest writers. Edwidge Danticat writes about life in Haiti, while Anuradha Roy describes the floods and droughts that have ravaged the Himalayas. Tahmima Anam brings us to a climate-changed Bangladesh, while Lauren Groff illuminates life in Florida, one of America’s most threatened states.

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TALES OF TWO PLANETS featured in Wired‘s “Ultimate Summer Reading List”

Monday, July 6th, 2020
Maybe it’s not a beach read, unless you want to spend your lounging time contemplating rising seas, superstorms, and the grinding inequalities that will only be further entrenched by the wave of changes beating against the shore of our unstable climate. Editor John Freeman assembled notable writers from around the world (including Margaret Atwood, Edwidge Danticat, Yasmine El Rashidi, and Chinelo Okparanta, among others) and tasked them with commenting on where climate change is and will be most acutely felt, which often is where the writers themselves are from. The result is a collection of poems, short fiction, essays, and reportage that is fascinating in the way staring down a tsunami is fascinating. The book charts twinned humanitarian and ecological crises from Bangladesh to Egypt to Florida to Haiti in tones that range from galvanized and angry to haunted and elegiac. If you’ve only ever read the headlines about climate change wreaking its worst havoc on the world’s most vulnerable, Tales of Two Planets is likely to shock you. For everyone else, it will be a humanization of the broad trends you’ve read about, rendered with poignant specificity by writers who have actually lived them.

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“The Best New Books to Read This Summer” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS featured in Lit Hub

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
The third in Freeman’s hat trick of anthologies that examines inequalities, Tales of Two Planets, may be the most important, for it addresses a colossal and irreversible threat: climate change. How to tell this story about a landscape so altered by us it’s reciprocating the abuse, where the more vulnerable and poor are more susceptible to environmental injustices?

Freeman asked 36 writers from Iceland to India, who are living within the penumbra of this bifurcated world of disparity and disenfranchisement, to bear witness to climate change beyond mere data. They are the facts on the ground, and their stories about craven US governance, the depletion of species in Burundi, Iceland’s geologic tragedy, the displacement of 20 million people in Pakistan, and resource pilfering and greed in Lebanon trace the inequalities that have also led to environmental imbalances. The purpose of such essays, fictions, reportage, and poems are to remind us—as Lina Mounzer discovers when developers overburden the sewer system in Beirut and it erupts in biblical proportions—we can’t carry on as if things will sort themselves out. We have to live within limits.

It’s a dark path we walk when the majority of the planet belongs to Hobbes’s First Man, condemned to a poor, cruel and short life, while Frances Fukumaya’s Last Man, (privileged, well fed, with access to technology and globalization’s muse) inhabits the rest. The Last Man will survive environmental stress and scarcity. The First Man will not. Freeman’s collection is critical to understanding our planet beyond the scope of our own personal plights.

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“Best Books of Summer 2020” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS featured in Time

Monday, May 25th, 2020
Climate change is such an enormous and unwieldy thing that it often feels hard to see, like trying to comprehend the Titanic while standing six inches away from its hull. In Tales of Two Planets, writer and editor John Freeman tries to make the danger clear by offering readers a range of views — fiction, essays, even poetry, spanning locations from Florida to the Himalayas — while zeroing in on the way that global warming intersects with disparities. Writers in the collection, edited by Freeman, include Margaret Atwood and Edwidge Danticat.

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“The Best Books of 2020 (So Far)” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS featured in Elle

Thursday, May 21st, 2020
In this eye-opening anthology about climate change, an impressive cast of contributors including Edwidge Danticat, Mohammed Hanif, and Margaret Atwood reflect on how the grim horror of our current ecological reality is being felt around the world.

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“Books and Podcasts to Fix Your Nature Deprivation” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS featured in Outside

Monday, May 4th, 2020
Tragically, climate change is one thing that’s not on pause right now, and this impressive collection is a small but engaging way to remind yourself of that. Through poetry, fiction, and reporting, writers from around the world tackle the existential quandaries of living on a dramatically changing planet: Margaret Atwood contributes a poem about rain, Japanese author Sayaka Murata creates an unsettling dystopia in which everyone is rated based on how likely they are to reach age 65, and author and hip-hop artist Gael Faye writes about the disappearance of fireflies from his native Burundi. Every piece is short but impactful.

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“Like grumpy Greta Thunberg, Freeman’s angry” — TALES OF TWO PLANETS reviewed in CounterPunch

Monday, May 4th, 2020

To Be or Not to Be, That’s the Goddamn Question

If Freeman’s first two collections left the impression that it was just the world’s Exceptional Democracy™ that was in deep shit and needed to address some serious political and economic issues immediately, well, you were wrong; it turns out we’re all in quick shit, sinking by the moment.

Read the full review here.