Cory Doctorow to read "Little Brother" at CBLDF benefit

Sun, May 18th, 2008 at 4:50pm PDT | Updated: May 18th, 2008 at 4:56pm

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Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother"

On May 25 join Cory Doctorow to celebrate the premiere of LITTLE BROTHER, his New York Times Best Selling Young Adult Fiction debut! Cory will present an all-ages reading & Q&A to benefit the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

Addressing internet and government security, censorship, and civil liberties in a post-9/11 atmosphere, LITTLE BROTHER tackles timely issues while telling a smart, funny, and jam-packed-with-pop culture story.

How young is too young to change the world? Do you know exactly what it means every time you use your credit card, every time you log onto a website, every time you swipe your metro card, every time you walk into a public space … do you know who's watching you? Cory Doctorow explores these questions and more in the novel Neil Gaiman calls "A wonderful, important book," and Brian K. Vaughan dubs "A worthy younger sibling to Orwell's 1984."

Cory Doctorow is an activist, teacher, public speaker, and technology expert. He is a co-editor of Boing Boing.net, one of the most popular blogs in the world and recipient of more than three million unique visitors per month, and a columnist for publications ranging from Information Week to The Guardian.

This CBLDF Benefit event happens on May 25 at Comix in New York City. General admission tickets to the reading are $20 and available at [http://comixny.com/event.aspx?eid=416&sid=1302]. VIP admission is $100, and includes preferred seating, a signed copy of Little Brother, and access to exclusive after party with open beer/wine/soda bar until 8 PM. VIP Tickets are available at [http://store.fastcommerce.com/prod_cbldf-ff80818119f1676e0119f2fbcdc91642.html] Please note, Comix requires a 2 item minimum during this performance.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The CBLDF provides legal defense on behalf of artists, retailers, and librarians facing criminal and civil prosecution for First Amendment related actions. The Fund also fights unconstitutional legislation that threatens First Amendment rights. Most recently, the CBLDF won a three year legal battle in Georgia, where Gordon Lee, a retailer, faced up to two years in prison for allegedly distributing a comic book containing drawings of Picasso in the nude to a minor. All charges were dismissed, but only after more than three years and $100,000 of CBLDF resources were spent to prove Lee's innocence..

What: Cory Doctorow Reading For CBLDF

When: Sunday, May 25 at 5 PM; VIP After Party at 7 PM

Where: Comix, 353 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

How Much:

General Admission: $20/advance $25/day of show;

VIP Admission: $100/advance only, includes preferred seating, copy of the book, & After Party with open beer/wine/soda bar until 8 PM

Tickets:

General Admission tickets available at

http://comixny.com/event.aspx?eid=416&sid=1302;

VIP Admission available at

http://store.fastcommerce.com/prod_cbldf-ff80818119f1676e0119f2fbcdc91642.html

About the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community. They have defended dozens of Free Expression cases in courts across the United States, and led important education initiatives promoting comics literacy and free expression. For additional information, donations, and other inquiries call 800-99-CBLDF or visit http://www.cbldf.org or http://www.myspace.com/cbldf .

About Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is an activist, teacher, public speaker, and technology expert. He is a co-editor of Boing Boing.net, one of the most popular blogs in the world and recipient of more than three million unique visitors per month, and a columnist for publications ranging from Information Week to The Guardian.

Most recently a visiting professor at the University of Southern California, Doctorow served as a Canadian Fulbright Chair in Public Diplomacy and also serves on a number of boards of directors and advisory boards, including those of the Participatory Culture Foundations, the Open Rights Group, the MetaBrainz Foundation, Technorati, Inc., Onion Networks, and others. He also served as Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation [EFF] for over four years, where he was a delegate to treaty negotiations at the United Nations in Geneva. Doctorow has won the Locus Award three times, been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula, won the Campbell Award, and was named one of the Top 25 Web Celebrities by Forbes magazine for the past two consecutive years, as well as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He also received the Pioneer Award for significant contributions to online freedom from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is frequently invited to speak at colleges and corporations across the country.

Cory's novels include Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, and Eastern Standard Tribe, as well as two short story collections. Cory's written and online work has been referenced by media outlets from CBS television show "Criminal Minds" to the "The Colbert Report."

Little Brother is his first Young Adult novel and it deals with issues of security, civil rights, censorship, and technology, but it is also an adventure story with smart teenage protagonists. The author hopes that you'll use technology to change the world

About COMIX

Opened in September 2006, the comedy nightclub Comix has quickly defined itself as the premier comedy club in New York City. Comix is Zagat's highest rated comedy venue and was dubbed "one of the top six clubs in the country" by the Hollywood Reporter. In addition to featuring the best of cutting edge alternative comedy with everything from improv and sketch comedy to music and variety programming, headlining acts have included The Flight of the Conchords, Sarah Silverman, Roseanne Barr, Craig Ferguson, Kathy Griffin and many more.

An elegant space with comfortable seating and unobstructed stage views, Comix boasts the purest acoustics and a full dinner menu that will delight even the most discriminating diner.

TAGS:  cory doctorow, cbldf, boingboing, comix

 
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