Book Launch: William Gibson – Agency (with guest Natalia Yanchak)
Join us as we launch William Gibson’s latest novel and follow-up to The Peripheral, Agency, with guest Natalia Yanchak!
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly and Penguin Random House present:
William Gibson launches Agency
Rialto Theatre – 5723 Park Ave, Montréal, QC H2V 4S8
Thursday 20th February 2020, 19h
(Présentation en anglais)
WILLIAM GIBSON is credited with having coined the term “cyberspace” and having envisioned both the Internet and virtual reality before either existed. He is the author of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, Distrust That Particular Flavor, and The Peripheral. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.
“One of the most visionary, original, and quietly influential writers currently working”* returns with a sharply imagined follow-up to the New York Times bestselling novel The Peripheral.
William Gibson has trained his eye on the future for decades, ever since coining the term “cyberspace” and then popularizing it in his classic speculative novel Neuromancer in the early 1980s. Cory Doctorow raved that The Peripheral is “spectacular, a piece of trenchant, far-future speculation that features all the eyeball kicks of Neuromancer.” Now Gibson is back with Agency—a science fiction thriller heavily influenced by our most current events.
Verity Jane, gifted app whisperer, takes a job as the beta tester for a new product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. “Eunice,” the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and a canny grasp of combat strategy. Realizing that her cryptic new employers don’t yet know how powerful and valuable Eunice is, Verity instinctively decides that it’s best they don’t.
Meanwhile, a century ahead in London, in a different time line entirely, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His boss, the enigmatic Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice are her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can’t: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner, and the roles they both may play in it.
*The Boston Globe
Born in Toronto, Canada, NATALIA YANCHAK moved to Montreal to attend Concordia University’s Creative Writing program. After graduation, she toured internationally as keyboardist and singer with The Dears. Finding moments between touring and recording sessions, she began writing long and short-form speculative fiction.
She has written and produced content for VICE, CBC, Huffington Post Canada, Paper Magazine, and Cult Montreal. Her fiction has appeared in Luna Station Quarterly 035, Nevertheless: Tesseracts Twenty-One and Selected Poems by Indie Rock Stars. She is a member of the QWF and CSFFA.
Natalia likes cats, growing her own food and playing video games. She lives in Montreal and can be found on Twitter and Instagram @nataliayanchak.