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April 29, 2016

I’m going through a couple new phases with my upcoming book (available for pre-order now!):

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Sorry, I have no more galley copies in my kitchen. They were gone really fast.



This first and current one is “the blurb phase.” That means my publisher has sent out nearly final versions of my book to various fancy people with the hope that they have enough time in their busy lives to read it and write a blurb to go on the back cover.

It’s really an exciting time because we’ve carefully chosen people who probably won’t hate the book. Which is to say, I’ve started to get positive feedback, and not much negative feedback. That’s a nice feeling!

So pretty much I’d like to hold on to this moment for as long as possible, because when the book is reviewed more widely, the critics – at least some of them – will hate the book. That will be tough, but of course I wrote it to be provocative. So I hope my skin is thick enough for that.


The other thing that’s happening right now, book-wise, is that I’m scheduling a tour for when the book comes out in September. To be precise, the book comes out September 6th, then the tour starts, hopefully after a party, hopefully where my band plays.

So far I think I’m sticking mostly to the East Coast, but I think I have something in San Francisco as well, and perhaps a stop in the midwest in October.

So, readers, what do you think? Are there awesome places I should be sure to visit? People and communities that love books? I have no idea how this all works but I’m guessing I can add stuff if it works with the schedule.

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  1. April 29, 2016 at 7:40 am

    College towns: Athens, GA., Chapel Hill, NC., Charlottesville, Va., Gainesville, FL., Madison, WI., Lexington, KY., Champaign, IL…..


  2. Jennifer Hecht
    April 29, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Would love to see you come to Boston/Cambridge – Brookline Booksmith would be a great place to start. Looking forward to the book!


  3. Chris
    April 29, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Please don’t just do the coasts! There are people in the Midwest who love your work too! A lot of these important discussions are too often confined to traditional tech scenes in East and West.


  4. Richard
    April 29, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Scotland. We do sums here too

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  5. lesaffrea
    April 29, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Perth Western Australia!! We have nice beaches here 🙂


  6. April 29, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I second a midwest stop on your tour. Maybe Chicago or Ann Arbor?


  7. Robert Daland
    April 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    San Francisco is currently the epicenter of Big Data, so your book is likely to have the biggest social impact if you promote it there.

    For purely selfish reasons, I’d also suggest you swing through Los Angeles. It might be possible to get a talk in the Econ or Computer Science departments; it will surely be possible to do book signings at one or more independent bookstores like the one in West Hollywood.


    • RTG
      April 29, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      I encourage you to do more than one stop in the Bay Area if you can…and it would be awesome if you could hit the East Bay (maybe Oakland?). There are more than a few socially-conscious data-centric start-ups in Oakland.


    • May 6, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      If you are going to San Francisco I agree you should add more stops in CA. Santa Cruz is my suggestion, but do more in the SF Bay Area and southern CA as well.


  8. Ursula
    April 29, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Ann Arbor!


  9. mathematrucker
    April 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    C’mon Seattleites there must be thousands of you who read this blog religiously. Why does it always have to be me who speaks up? I don’t even live there!


    • mathematrucker
      April 29, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Or at least hundreds if not thousands. SF is tops and LA is perhaps more important as well, but Seattle ranks high. Portland does too if time permits.


  10. Guest2
    April 29, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I got a blurb for my volume in a series once — it was so good that the Ur-editors used it for the whole series! Good luck getting top-notch blurbs!


  11. April 30, 2016 at 6:11 am

    I would be glad to host you in San Diego if you can make it here from San Francisco. I live in a 4BR house with one roommate and am close to zoo, beaches, Sea World, Scripps Aquarium, Balboa Park, etc.


  12. April 30, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Are you interested in NJPPN / Rhoda Schermer? Also, related to book tour or not, I think I have access to a good new meeting/ conference space downtown. We talked about a conference with OSEC. Or other potential use. Just mentioning in case you get inspired.


  13. Dave
    May 1, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Columbus, OH


  14. May 1, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Come to Baltimore. We’re on the Amtrak, but outside the “super zip” bubble, and the citizenry is extremely politically informed. I’d bet the Q&A will be fascinating.

    The place to have this is Red Emma’s (https://redemmas.org), “a worker cooperative and family of projects dedicated to autonomy, sustainability, participatory democracy, and solidarity…a grassroots answer to the collapse of civic infrastructure, a radical gathering place and experiment in self-organized education, all made possible by a horizontally organized collective of folks who own the underlying business cooperatively.” It’s a bookstore/cafe/public event space.

    If having a local organizer to liaise with the bookstore and set up the event makes the difference in whether or not you add us to your list, then I volunteer.


  15. May 2, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Burlington VT. People love books here (we have small, independent *bookstores*!) and democracy, and hate inequality.

    Plus it’s gorgeous in the fall. Best time for fall colors is early/mid October.


  16. Trevor H
    May 3, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I’d for sure come see you in Houston if at all possible, but if I’m honest Austin is probably a better destination if you decide to come to Texas.


  17. Dan
    May 3, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Seattle, WA


  18. Clark Thornton
    May 5, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Come to Parnassus Books in Nashville. Owned by the novelist Ann Patchett.


  19. Dan
    May 7, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Another vote for the Midwest. I live in Madison; up in the Twin Cities, Minnesota Public Radio runs a discussion series called “Policy And A Pint”; you might look into that.


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