My New Book Project, Upcoming Talks in Los Angeles and Malmö, Sweden

A few quick announcements before we get back to regular programming later this week.

First up: after several months of exploring various themes and ideas, I’ve finally figured out what I want to do for my next book project. The book will be titled Game of Pickaxes and I expect it to be done by mid 2014. You can sign up for email updates at the book website. Thanks Adam Hogan for whipping up a quickie draft cover on short notice. Makes the whole thing feel more tangible, even though I don’t even have a rough outline at the moment. Just a germ of a high concept and a set of themes that seem to fit together in an interesting way.

I won’t reveal more right now,  since the plan for the book is still coming together, but if you happen to be in the Los Angeles next week, I’ll be doing a first-look preview of the themes and ideas in the book at the Lean LA meetup in Santa Monica, on Wednesday, July 18 at 7:00 PM.

You can register here ($15). Thanks to host Patrick Vlaskovits for agreeing to let me air some very preliminary thoughts in public.

Also, next month I will be speaking at the Media Evolution conference in Malmö, Sweden, August 22-23 on “Public Computing” (this too, will be loosely related to the book). I know there are at least a couple of readers in the region, so it would be great to meet up. I plan to stay on for a few days after the conference to explore a bit, since I’ve never been to Scandinavia. I will be in Copenhagen for sure, and am wondering whether to check out Stockholm, Oslo or something else altogether. Email me if you are in the area and would like to meet up.

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  1. The link to the “book website” goes to the Meetup page instead of ;-)

  2. Come on Venkat, do one such meet at Bangalore as well :)

  3. Uncle Vanya says

    This so arrogant it’s breathtaking. You’ve just figured out a few things about a new novel, and already you’re appearing in public to lecture about its themes. Talk about living on the edge…!

    I wish you well, I really do.

  4. I’m based in Berlin/Amsterdam but I hope to catch you on some future visit to Europe.