Author Event: Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

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In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener―stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial--left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New York to San Francisco, where she landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory, and, of course, progress.

Anna arrived amidst a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building.

Part coming-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. Check out interviews with the author here: 

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/11/795293661/living-an-everyday-life-amidst-the-disruptors-in-uncanny-valley

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/03/books/review/uncanny-valley-a-memoir-by-anna-wiener-an-excerpt.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Event date: 

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

900 NW Mt Washington Dr
Suite 110
Bend, OR 97703
Uncanny Valley: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374278014
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: MCD - January 14th, 2020