COURTNEY MORENO / In Case of Emergency / A New Voices, New Stories Evening

Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30 PM

 

 

What do you do when you can’t function? After rookie EMT Piper Gallagher responds to a call outside a Los Angeles shopping mall for a man who can only tell her, “I can’t function,” the question begins to haunt her. How will Piper continue to function despite the horror she sees working in South Central, and despite her own fractured past? And how will the woman Piper loves continue to function as she experiences the aftershocks of her time spent serving in Iraq? Piper’s experiences as a rookie break her down and open her up as her genuine urge to help patients confronts the daily realities of life in the back of an ambulance and a hospital's hallways. This vivid and visceral debut is a rich study in trauma—in its causes and effects, in its methods and disguises, in its power and its pull.

"Moreno writes about physical and emotional damage with such precision that the reader feels supine, strapped into her own ambulance, careening from page to page. It's a story about the greatest emergency of all: the plight of being a human with a fragile heart, beating amidst all these dangers." -- Joshua Mohr, author of Some Things That Meant the World to Me

 “In Courtney Moreno's In Case of Emergency the working class saves the world and themselves. A wonderful first book!” -- Ali Liebegott, author of Cha-Ching!

In Case of Emergency is here for you. To startle you into awareness. To remind you once again of the visceral urgency of desire, the urgency of fear, of loss, and of the fear of loss. To teach you about the eerie structures that undergird all that desire and fear and loss: organs and city streets, nerves and neighborhood maps, bones and veins and arteries. The patterns we use to make meaning from chaos. Also: the mysterious allure of risk, fear, and disaster. The calamitous pleasures of a thumping heart. You’ll love this book.” -- Stephen Beachy, author of boneyard

Courtney Moreno’s award-winning writing has been published in LA Weekly and Best American Nonrequired Reading. She received a B.S. in molecular biology from UC Berkeley, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the USF. During the ten years in between, she worked as an entomologist’s assistant, lab technician, clinical research coordinator, stagehand, set carpenter, modern and aerial dancer, EMT, and field training officer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

$24.00
ISBN-13: 9781940450261
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: McSweeney's Books, 9/2014

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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)

$26.95
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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