Ian McEwan with Mary Ann Gwinn
This evening poses some tough choices for readers, how to conceivably be in three places at once. One place not to miss being is here this evening, with internationally renowned novelist Ian McEwan, here after much too long a time, and here with a remarkable new novel in hand, Machines Like Me (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday).
“McEwan’s thought-provoking novel (after Nutshell) is about the increasingly fraught relationship between a man, a woman, and a synthetic human. Opening in an alternate 1982 London in which technology is not dissimilar from today’s (characters text and send emails), 32-year-old Charlie spends £86,000 of his inheritance on the “first truly viable manufactured human with plausible intelligence and looks,” who can pass for human unless closely inspected … The novel’s highlight is Adam, a consistently surprising character who quickly disables his own kill switch and composes an endless stream of haiku … this is ... an intriguing novel about humans, machines, and what constitutes a self.” - Publishers Weekly.
Ian McEwan’s seventeen novels have been awarded, among them, the Booker Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Whitbread Award, and the Somerset Maugham Prize, among others. Onstage with Ian McEwan this evening will be Mary Ann Gwinn, award-winning former Seattle Times book editor and National Book Critics Circle board member.
Presented by ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets ($32) Admit one person and include a copy of Machines Like Me.