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William Gibson / Agency
November 24, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm$20
Booksmith presents visionary novelist William Gibson reading from the sharply imagined sequel to his New York Times bestselling novel The Peripheral. He will also be in conversation with Mother Jones editor-in-chief, Clara Jeffery.
Please note: This event will be at Public Works, 161 Erie St., San Francisco.
Unless noted here, tickets will be available at the door.
Verity Jane, gifted app-whisperer, has been out of work since her exit from a brief but problematic relationship with a Silicon Valley billionaire. Then she signs the wordy NDA of a dodgy San Francisco start-up, becoming the beta tester for their latest product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. “Eunice,” the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, soon manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and an unnervingly canny grasp of combat strategy. Verity, realizing that her cryptic new employers don’t yet know this, instinctively decides that it’s best they don’t.
Meanwhile, a century ahead, in London, in a different timeline entirely, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His employer, the enigmatic Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice have become her current project.
Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can’t: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner. And something else too: the roles they both may play in it.
William Gibson, debuting with the powerfully influential Neuromancer, both coined the term cyberspace and introduced it to fiction. Neuromancer was the first novel to receive the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick awards in one year. Gibson continued his career with numerous acclaimed and New York Times bestselling books including Count Zero, Burning Chrome, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrows Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, and Distrust That Particular Flavor. Gibson lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife. You can find more information about William Gibson and his novels online at williamgibsonbooks.com.
Clara Jeffery is the editor-in-chief of Mother Jones, which was named “Magazine of the Year” by the American Society of Magazine Editors in February 2017. During her tenure, Mother Jones has won other National Magazine Awards, including for general excellence, reporting, and video; redesigned its magazine and website; established bureaus in Washington and New York; and become a social-media powerhouse. Clara has edited stories that have been included in pretty much every “Best American” anthology. Along the way, she also won a PEN award for editing, became a mom, and forgot what it’s like to sleep. It probably doesn’t help she’s on Twitter so much: @clarajeffery.
>> Doors open at 6:00 — come early and have a drink or two!
>> The duration of this event is up to the speakers.
>> This event is 21+. No exceptions.
>> Signing details to be announced soon.
>> Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
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