*POSTPONED* ANNA WIENER reads from her debut memoir UNCANNY VALLEY

Uncanny Valley (MCD/FSG)

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Part coming-of-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Anna Wiener’s memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry’s shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment.

Unsparing and incisive, Uncanny Valley is a cautionary tale, and a revelatory interrogation of a world reckoning with consequences its unwitting designers are only beginning to understand.

Praise for Uncanny Valley:

"Biting and funny . . . Uncanny Valley will speak to you as well as any book about millennial culture. Its humor is a proxy for the despair Wiener feels about tech culture's predicament and her helplessness at doing anything about it . . .Uncanny Valley ought to be read by policymakers just as closely as any set of statistics. Technology is too often an attempt to attack and exploit our humane instincts; it takes a humane book like this one to drive that point home." -- Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times

"A definitive document of a world in transition: I won't be alone in returning to it for clarity and consolation for many years to come." -- Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

"Like Joan Didion at a startup" -- Rebecca Solnit, author of Call Them by Their True Names

Anna Wiener is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, where she writes about Silicon Valley, startup culture, and technology. She lives in San Francisco. Uncanny Valley is her first book.

Event date: 
Monday, March 30, 2020 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Uncanny Valley: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374278014
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MCD - January 14th, 2020