Cory Doctorow in conversation

A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema @ SFU Woodwards

In today’s precarious world, what’s not to love about “a utopian disaster novel”, especially one from Boing Boing contributor, bestselling author and tech expert, Cory Doctorow. The visionary journalist and writer visits Vancouver to discuss some of the city’s most promising tech ventures, what he believes will be technological advancements in the near future, and how we may be able to walk away from oppressive authority systems, as envisioned in his upcoming novel Walkaway.

Timely and original, Doctorow’s thinking doesn’t so much imagine a brave new world as shapes it. Join us for this riveting evening of discussion.

Tickets (Prices do not include service charge)

  • Adults $26
  • Seniors $24 (65+)
  • Youth $20 (under 30)


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More about the book: Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

Hubert Vernon Rudolph Clayton Irving Wilson Alva Anton Jeff Harley Timothy Curtis Cleveland Cecil Ollie Edmund Eli Wiley Marvin Ellis Espinoza―known to his friends as Hubert, Etc―was too old to be at that Communist party.

But after watching the breakdown of modern society, he really has no where left to be―except amongst the dregs of disaffected youth who party all night and heap scorn on the sheep they see on the morning commute. After falling in with Natalie, an ultra-rich heiress trying to escape the clutches of her repressive father, the two decide to give up fully on formal society―and walk away.

After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life―food, clothing, shelter―from a computer, there seems to be little reason to toil within the system.

It’s still a dangerous world out there, the empty lands wrecked by climate change, dead cities hollowed out by industrial flight, shadows hiding predators animal and human alike. Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, more people join them. Then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra-rich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. Now it’s war – a war that will turn the world upside down.