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The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth

Fake news posts and Twitter trolls were just the beginning. What will happen when misinformation moves from our social media feeds into our everyday lives? Despite Samuel Woolley’s warnings as early as 2013, the problem of online disinformation stormed our political process in 2016 and has only worsened since. Yet as Woolley shows in his urgent new book, The Reality Game (PublicAffairs), it may pale in comparison to what’s to come: human-like automated voice systems, machine learning, “deepfake” AI-edited videos and images, interactive memes, and more. In deeply researched stories, Woolley describes this future and imagines its profound impact on our politics.

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Reading: JB Fisher

Rose City Book Pub welcomes Portland author J.B. Fisher to read from Echo of Distant Water: The 1958 Disappearance of Portland’s Martin Family. In December 1958, Ken Martin, his wife Barbara, and their three young daughters left their home in Northeast Portland to search for Christmas greens in the Columbia River Gorge—and never returned. The Martins’ disappearance spurred the largest missing persons search in Oregon history and the mystery has remained perplexingly unsolved to this day. For the past six years, J.B. Fisher (Portland on the Take) has pored over the case after finding in his garage a stack of old Oregon Journal newspaper articles about the story. Through a series of serendipitous encounters, Fisher obtained a wealth of first-hand and never-before publicized information about…

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Wit’s End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It

In Wit’s End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It (W. W. Norton), James Geary explores every facet of wittiness, from its role in innovation to why puns are the highest form of wit. Adopting a different style for each chapter – from dramatic dialogue to sermon, heroic couplets to a barroom monologue – Geary embodies wit in all its forms. Wit’s End agilely balances psychology, folktale, visual art, and literary history with lighthearted humor and acute insight, demonstrating that wit and wisdom are really the same thing.

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Susannah Cahalan

From Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire and “one of America’s most courageous young journalists” (NPR), comes The Great Pretender (Grand Central), a propulsive narrative history investigating the 50-year-old mystery behind a dramatic experiment that changed the course of modern medicine. For centuries, doctors have struggled to define mental illness: How do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is? In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people – sane, normal, well-adjusted members of society – went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry’s labels. Forced to remain inside until they’d “proven” themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even…

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The Graphic Art of Tattoo Lettering

Covering the history and context of tattoo design, as well as offering a comprehensive instruction in hand lettering, B. J. Betts and Nicholas Schonberger’s The Graphic Art of Tattoo Lettering (Thames & Hudson) is packed with enough detail to fascinate anyone interested in tattoo design. Learn to recreate all of the most widely used techniques – from embellishing West Coast letter forms to mastering calligraphic style – with guidance from one of today’s most influential tattoo artists. Betts and Schonberger will be joined at the event by Christopher Law, who contributed art direction and design on The Graphic Art of Tattoo Lettering.

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The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last

We have lost the war on cancer. We spend $150 billion each year treating it, yet – a few innovations notwithstanding – a patient with cancer is as likely to die of it as one was 50 years ago. Most new drugs add mere months to one’s life, at agonizing physical and financial cost. In The First Cell (Basic), oncologist Azra Raza offers a searing account of how both medicine and our society (mis)treat cancer, how we can do better, and why we must. A lyrical journey from hope to despair and back again, The First Cell explores cancer from every angle: medical, scientific, cultural, and personal.

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Heather Christle in Conversation With Zachary Schomburg

Heather Christle has just lost a dear friend to suicide and now must reckon with her own depression and the birth of her first child. As she faces her grief and impending parenthood, she decides to research the act of crying: what it is and why people do it, even if they rarely talk about it. Honest, intelligent, rapturous, and surprising, Christle’s investigations look through a mosaic of science, history, and her own lived experience to find new ways of understanding life, loss, and mental illness. The Crying Book (Catapult) is a deeply personal tribute to the fascinating strangeness of tears and the unexpected resilience of joy. Christle will be joined in conversation by Zachary Schomburg, Octopus Books publisher and author of Pulver Maar. [You…

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Clara Parkes

Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool (Abrams) is a fast-paced account of the year Clara Parkes spent transforming a 676-pound bale of fleece into saleable yarn, and the people and vanishing industry she discovered along the way. Join Parkes on a cross-country adventure and meet a cast of characters that includes the shepherds, dyers, and countless workers without whom our knitting needles would be empty, our mills idle, and our feet woefully cold.

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Christopher Ryan

In his new book, Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress (Avid Reader/Simon & Schuster), Christopher Ryan, bestselling coauthor of Sex at Dawn, explores the ways in which “progress” has perverted the way we live: how we eat, learn, feel, mate, parent, communicate, work, and die. Ryan makes the claim that we should start looking backwards to find our way into a better future.

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Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans

Melanie Mitchell separates science fact from science fiction in a sweeping examination of the current state of AI and how it is remaking our world. Interweaving stories about the science and the people behind it, Mitchell’s Artificial Intelligence (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) brims with clear-sighted, captivating, and approachable accounts of the most interesting and provocative modern work in AI.

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