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At Home with Literati: Chris Colin, Rinee Shah, & Wendy MacNaughton

We're pleased to welcome Chris Colin and Rinee Shah to our ongoing At Home with Literati series, in support of Off: The Day the Internet Died. They'll be joined in conversation by Wendy MacNaughton.

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About the book: One day all the screens went dark--and we couldn't even post about it.

We all dream about it: a life free of scrolling, tweeting, liking, faving, streaming, replying, apologizing for not replying, and other assaults on our poor, saturated brains. But what would an analog world actually look like? Chris Colin, author of What to Talk About, paints a picture that's a little Edenic and a little demented. Un-barraged by celeb gossip and political news, we begin to notice nature again. We take walks, stare at the clouds, and listen to podcasts consisting of our own thoughts. Snapchatting gives way to endless rounds of Go Fish. Minecraft is a game involving sticks and leaves. We talk to our neighbors--not about the TV shows we're streaming--and occasionally we fall in love. Delivered in a pitch-perfect, tongue-in-cheek biblical style, this little book imagines an alternate reality that will hit home in our tech-addled worlds. Rinee Shah's playful illustrations perfectly capture the absurdity of life reflected in our screens. Whether you're addicted to tech or not, you'll see something of yourself when you put down your phone and pick up this smart, funny book.

Chris Colin‘s writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Pop-Up Magazine, Saveur, Outside, Wired, Smithsonian, and Best American Science and Nature Writing. He is the author of What to Talk About, What Really Happened to the Class of ’93, and Blindsight. He co-wrote This Is Camino, which was nominated for a James Beard Award. He also publishes Six Feet of Separation, a pandemic newspaper by and for kids. He lives in San Francisco, CA.
Rinee Shah is an illustrator and advertising creative director. Her clients include Apple, the New York Times, Fendi, Inside Hook, and Simon & Schuster. She is the author and illustrator of The Made-Up Words Project, a visual dictionary of made-up words. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Wendy MacNaughton is a #1 NYT best-selling illustrator and graphic journalist based in San Francisco. She has illustrated 12 books including Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat, and The Gutsy Girl by Caroline Paul (whom Wendy also happens to be married to.) She is former visual columnist for The New York Times and California Sunday Magazine. She is the creator and host of DrawTogether, the online interactive art show enjoyed by kids in over 40 countries.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Off: The Day the Internet Died: A Bedtime Fantasy Cover Image
By Chris Colin, Rinee Shah (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9783791386874
Availability: In Stock at Publisher - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Prestel - March 23rd, 2021