An Evening with Chuck Palahniuk
 
Tuesday, October 21
 
The Booksmith at DNA Lounge
 
 
 
 

 

Make Your Voice Heard: The Intersection of Craft, Creativity, and Activism

Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 PM

 

 

 

 

Activists, artists, crafty folks: join us for a feisty, moderated discussion

with KIM WERKER (Make It Mighty Ugly),

LEANE PRAIN (Strange Material),

BETSY GREER (Craftivism),

and moderator RENA TOM (founder of Makeshift Society)

 

RENA TOM is the founder of Makeshift Society, a co working space that offers camaraderie and shared resources to creative freelancers, independent business owners and small teams in San Francisco and Brooklyn. She is also Market Editor at Anthology Magazine and a retail strategist for small-batch makers, brands, stores and organizations. Previously, she owned Rare Device, a bicoastal design-led boutique and art gallery. Rena and her various businesses have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Lucky, Real Simple, Food and Wine and Martha Stewart Weddings. Rena has also operated a successful jewelry design and invitation design business; during the first Web boom, she was a web content management consultant. She lives in San Francisco and on Twitter at @rena_tom. 

BETSY GREER is a writer, a maker, and a researcher, and the author of Craftivism: The Art and Craft of Activism and Knitting for Good! A Guide to Creating Personal, Social, and Political Change Stitch by Stitch. She runs the blog www.craftivism.com and believes that creativity and positive activism can save not only the soul, but also the world. Betsy lives in Arlington, VA and can be found on Twitter @craftivista.

KIM PIPER WERKER is the author of Make It Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain’t Pretty. Kim teaches hands-on and discussion-based Mighty Ugly workshops and lecture-conversations that help people confront creative demons, experiment with new approaches to creative expression, and build confidence in what they make and do. She is also the author or coauthor of several crochet books, including Crochet Me and Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting. She lives in Vancouver, BC and on Twitter at @kpwerker. 

LEANNE PRAIN is a knitter, author of Strange Material: Storytelling through Textiles and Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, and co-author of Yarn Bombing: The Art of Knit & Crochet Graffiti (with Mandy Moore). A professional graphic designer, Leanne holds degrees in creative writing, art history, and publishing. She lives and crafts in Vancouver, BC and can be found at leanneprain.com or on Twitter @LeannePrain.

 

 

$18.95
ISBN-13: 9781570619144
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sasquatch Books, 8/2014

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781551525501
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arsenal Pulp Press, 10/2014

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781551525341
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arsenal Pulp Press, 5/2014

Location: 
Street:
1644 Haight St.
City:
San Francisco
,
Province:
California
Postal Code:
94117-2816
Country:
United States

WILLIAM GIBSON / The Peripheral

Thursday, October 30 at 7:30 PM

 

 

 

“Spectacular, a piece of trenchant, far-future speculation that features all the eyeball kicks of Neuromancer and all the maturity and sly wit of Spook Country. It’s brilliant.”

Cory Doctorow, bestselling author of Little Brother and Homeland, co-editor of Boing Boing

 

New York Times-bestselling author William Gibson returns to fiction after four years with THE PERIPHERAL.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of Gibson's award-winning debut novel, Neuromancer, which predicted, via his original concept of “cyberspace”, much of today’s Internet.  He also conceptualized video games and the rise of reality TV long before they became ubiquitous.  After setting his three most recent novels in our science-fictional present, Gibson ventures back the future with a high tech thriller that is also a murder mystery, a provocative social and political commentary, and a far-seeing introduction to the realm of advanced haptics (the science of adding tactile feedback to technological systems).

 

Flynne, a young woman from a decaying near-future American town, takes a temporary job testing a new computer game, or so she's told. While remotely operating a security drone over a futuristic version of London, she witnesses what she assumes is the simulation of a horrifying murder—or is it real? Soon she finds herself in the 22nd Century, virtually present in a hauntingly beautiful android drone, “a peripheral”, with the fate of her own “past” world depending on her.

 

William Gibson is the is the author of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Liza Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero Historyand Distrust That Particular Flavor. Neuromancer was the first novel to win the three top science fiction prizes—the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award. He is also a recipient of the Ditmar, and Seiun awards, as well as the Prix Aurora.  He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.  It is an honor to have him return to The Booksmith.

 

 

 

Reserved seats are available with a pre-order of The Peripheral at The Booksmith. The book arrives on 10/28, but if you pre-order and ask for a seating voucher, you'll receive that with your receipt; you'll pick up your book when you arrive for this talk. Offer good while supplies last! When all seats are reserved, there will be standing room available, and full sound throughout the store.

 

 

The Peripheral (Hardcover)

$28.95
ISBN-13: 9780399158445
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Putnam Adult, 10/2014

Location: 
Street:
1644 Haight St.
City:
San Francisco
,
Province:
California
Postal Code:
94117-2816
Country:
United States
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