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May Reading: Robin Sloan & Austin Grossman

May 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

Saturday, May 11

Doors and cash bar opens at 6:00PM – AND it’s DEBUT NOVEL DRINK NIGHT!
Event begins at 7:00PM
Suggested $5-$10 donation at the door benefits Variety Children’s Charity
Seating is limited; first come, first seated.

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A with the audience, moderated by author Terry Bisson. Booksigning and schmoozing follows in the lounge, with books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books. Podcasting courtesy of Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column.

Robin Sloan, a writer and media inventor in California, hails from Michigan. Between 2002 and 2012, he worked at Poynter, Current TV, and Twitter, and at all those places, the job had something to do with figuring out the future of media. Sloan also collaborates with Tim Carmody and Matt Thompson on Snarkmarket, “a leaky rocketship of a blog with a brilliant community of commenters.” As a self-styled media inventor, Sloan is “someone primarily interested in content—words, pictures, ideas—who also experiments with new formats, new tools, and new technology. Media inventors feel compelled to make the content and the container. I’m on a mission to bring back the word “inventor” with all its connotations: protean lightning-crackle and occasional crackpot-itude alike.” He’s put all this experience to good use with his debut novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore — which also means it’s DEBUT NOVEL DRINK NIGHT!

Austin Grossman is the author of Soon I Will Be Invincible, published in 2007. It was nominated for the 2007 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. His writing has also appeared in Granta, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. His new book, YOU: A Novel, is “a novel of mystery, videogames, and the people who create them,” and is just out in hardcover, from Mulholland Books, a division of Little, Brown. Both Amazon and iTunes have featured it for the Editor’s Picks for April. His day job, which he hasn’t quite quit yet, is as a game developer. Beginning as writer and video game designer at Looking Glass Studios, games Grossman has worked on include Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds, System Shock, Flight Unlimited, Trespasser: Jurassic Park, Clive Barker’s Undying, Deus Ex, Tomb Raider Legend, Epic Mickey, and most recently, Dishonored, from Arkane Studios.

All bar proceeds and tips benefit Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California

The Variety Preview Room Theatre
The Hobart Bldg., 1st Floor — entrance between Quiznos and Citibank
582 Market Street @ 2nd and Montgomery
San Francisco, CA 94104

Don’t Drive — BART/MUNI Montgomery Street station is right at our front door, and parking in San Francisco sucks!!! Street parking ($3.50 per hour) is metered M-Sat., til 6PM; find a parking garage here.

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