Start: 1:00 pm
Evgeny Morozov reads from To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism ($28.99). In the very near future, “smart” technologies and “big data” will allow us to make large-scale and sophisticated interventions in politics, culture, and everyday life. Technology will allow us to solve problems in highly original ways and create new incentives to get more people to do the right thing. But how will such “solutionism” affect our society, once deeply political, moral, and irresolvable dilemmas are recast as uncontroversial and easily manageable matters of technological efficiency? Evgeny Morozov is the author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, winner of Harvard's Kennedy School's 2012 Goldsmith Book Prize, and a New York Times Notable Book of 2011. He is also a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a contributing editor to the Boston Review. His articles have appeared in the Financial Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, the Boston Globe, and many other publications. He writes a monthly column for Slate that is syndicated in eight other languages. He was born in Belarus.
Start: 4:00 pm
Tracy Grant shares The Paris Affair ($15.00). In the wake of the Battle of Waterloo, Paris is a house divided. The triumphant Bourbons flaunt their victory with lavish parties, while Bonapartists seek revenge only to be captured and executed. Amid the turmoil, British attaché and intelligence agent Malcolm Rannoch and his wife, Suzanne, discover that his murdered half sister, Princess Tatiana Kirsanova, may have borne a child—a secret she took to the grave. And Malcolm suspects there was more than mere impropriety behind her silence. . . Tracy Grant has been making up stories as long as she can remember. She studied British history at Stanford University and received the Firestone Award for Excellence in Research. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is on the board of the Merola Opera Program, a training program for professional opera singers, coaches, and stage directors. For more information about her books, please visit her website at http://www.tracygrant.org.