Canada’s Indigo/Chapters books have launched a summerlong teen literacy promotion that invites readers to pick their favorite books and vote for them in a nationwide poll (you can vote every day, so no need to pick just one!). I’m delighted to learn that my latest YA novel, For the Win, is one of the titles featured. If you liked FTW (or any other recent teen novel), I hope you’ll stop in at Teen Read Awards and cast your vote!
For The Win is a dazzling piece of fiction: it makes you feel, it makes you think, and you come away from it wiser, looking at the world in a different way.
Hey DC! Tor Books is bringing me to your area for the American Library Association conference this coming weekend, and while I’m in town, I’ve signed on to do a couple of public events I hope to see you at!
On Monday, June 28 at 6:30PM, I’m speaking at a special edition of DC Copynight, co-sponsored by Public Knowledge and hosted by the New America Foundation. Many thanks to Thomas “cmdln” Gideon of DC Copynight for setting this up!
Both events are free!
Once again, Doctorow is on the cutting edge with this exciting blend of economic theory, technological advances, game theory, and social activism. This isn’t just another YA adventure, it’s a manifesto for a new generation of Internet-savvy thinkers and doers.
Here’s the full audio from the Cover to Cover, Open Book interview I did with Berkeley’s KPFA. The edited, 29-minute version that aired doesn’t stay online thanks to “bullying” with the SoundExchange rights-society, but Eric Klein, who conducted the interview, was kind enough to upload the whole thing.
The big, fat fantasy/sci-fi novel of the season avoids the supernatural, except as expressed in game worlds online. Canadian Cory Doctorow’s For the Win may even be labelled “probable” rather than “speculative” fiction.
“For anyone who’s my age and uses computers, you would have to undertake an extraordinary effort not to be a gamer,” he said. He started computer games at age 8, when a neighbor got Pong, and they became obsessed with the game.
“We think you’ve got to be somebody who spends 70 hours a week playing World of Warcraft in order to call yourself a gamer,” Cory said. However, that’s not true, he said. Likewise, most people think of gamers as either being children or overgrown children, but 50% of FarmVille players are 50-year-old women with high school diplomas, Doctorow said.
Fora TV came out to one of the stops on my For the Win tour, at Books Inc in Palo Alto, and recorded the reading and Q&A: