Saturday, 8 May 2010

Cory Doctorow's 'For The Win' - US Signing Tour

I've never felt the urge to try Cory Doctorow's work out, what am I missing?

If you're a fan, and you live in the US, then you might well be interested in the dates below if you want to get your copy of Cory's latest book signed. Here's the 'For The Win' blurb...

In the virtual future, you must organize to survive

At any hour of the day or night, millions of people around the globe are engrossed in multiplayer online games, questing and battling to win virtual “gold,” jewels, and precious artifacts. Meanwhile, others seek to exploit this vast shadow economy, running electronic sweatshops in the world’s poorest countries, where countless “gold farmers,” bound to their work by abusive contracts and physical threats, harvest virtual treasure for their employers to sell to First World gamers who are willing to spend real money to skip straight to higher-level gameplay.

Mala is a brilliant 15-year-old from rural India whose leadership skills in virtual combat have earned her the title of “General Robotwalla.” In Shenzen, heart of China’s industrial boom, Matthew is defying his former bosses to build his own successful gold-farming team. Leonard, who calls himself Wei-Dong, lives in Southern California, but spends his nights fighting virtual battles alongside his buddies in Asia, a world away. All of these young people, and more, will become entangled with the mysterious young woman called Big Sister Nor, who will use her experience, her knowledge of history, and her connections with real-world organizers to build them into a movement that can challenge the status quo.

The ruthless forces arrayed against them are willing to use any means to protect their power—including blackmail, extortion, infiltration, violence, and even murder. To survive, Big Sister’s people must out-think the system. This will lead them to devise a plan to crash the economy of every virtual world at once—a Ponzi scheme combined with a brilliant hack that ends up being the biggest, funnest game of all.

And here are those tour dates...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 7:00 PM
Anderson's Bookshop
123 West Jefferson Avenue

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 5:00 PM
Chicago Public Library
"YOUmedia" Teen Space
Harold Washington Library Center

Friday, May 14, 2010, 7:00 PM
Sunset Tavern
5433 Ballard Ave
Book Signing and Q&A with Paul Constant
* Special performance by lit-minded rock band Pillow Army
Part of The Stranger's Reading Series, $5 at the door

Saturday, May 15, 2010, 2:00 PM
Powell's Books
Cedar Hills Crossing

Monday, May 17, 2010, 7:00 PM
866 Valencia Street

Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 7:00 PM
* Not Your Mother's BookClub *
Books, Inc.
855 El Camino Real ( Palo Alto )

Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 7:30 PM
“Geek Reading” Electronic Frontier Foundation [EFF] Fundraiser
111 Minna Street
$25 in advance, $30 at the door

Thursday, May 20, 2010, 7:00 PM
603 North Lamar

Thursday, May 20, 2010, 8:00 PM
Whuffiefest/ Presented by EFF-Austin and Plutopia Productions
Amelia’s RetroVogue and Relics
2213 South 1st Street
$10 Entry/ Drinks and Music

Saturday, May 22, 2010, 4:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
760 SE Maynard

Sunday, May 23, 2010, 1:00 PM
Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 6:00 PM
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 7:30 PM
PowerHouse Books
with Gary Shteyngart and Rivka Galchen
* Moderated by Ben Greenman, New Yorker
37 Main Street

Friday, May 28, 2010, 7:00 PM
McNally Jackson
52 Prince Street

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