“The Ivy Hall Writers Series combines critically hailed, popular authors of cultural relevance,” said Georgia Lee, director of Ivy Hall. “The series typically features a diverse line-up, from cyberpunk legend William Gibson to the hilarious pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman.”
Gibson will discuss “Zero History,” his new novel slated for release in September. Before the rise of the Internet, he conceptualized the information age, coined the term “cyberspace,” and popularized the concept in “Neuromancer,” his debut novel. He is credited with predicting the reality television phenomenon and with laying conceptual foundations for virtual Web applications, such as video games. Gibson will speak Monday, Sept. 20, 6:30-8 p.m., at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree Street.
Adam Penenberg’s new book, “Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today ‘s Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves,” reveals the successful strategies of influential companies, including Netscape, eBay, PayPal, Skype, Facebook, and Twitter, that have harnessed the power of viral loops to achieve billion-dollar valuations at incredible speed. Penenberg is an award-winning contributor to Fast Company. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, Forbes, Slate, The Economist, Mother Jones, and Marketwatch. Penenberg is a journalism professor and assistant director of the Business and Economic Program at New York University. His lecture is Friday, Sept. 24, 6:30-8 p.m., at Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave., N.E.
Chuck Klosterman has been called this generation’s Hunter S. Thompson. He depicts pop culture as permeating every aspect of our media-saturated lives. Best known for “Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs,” he also authored the New York Times bestseller “Downtown Owl,” “Chuck Klosterman IV,” “Killing Yourself to Live,” and “Fargo Rock City.” A contributing editor for Esquire, he also contributes to The New York Times Magazine, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, A.V. Club, and ESPN. Klosterman graduated from the University of North Dakota, and has written for the Fargo Forum and the Akron Beacon Journal. He will speak Thursday, Oct. 7, 6:30-8 p.m., at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St.
Arliss Ryan’s novel, “The Secret Confessions of Anne Shakespeare,” released in June 2010, depicts the little known life of the talented wife of the Bard of Avon. In 1623, Anne, widowed and dying, breaks a lifetime silence, to reveal that her husband did not write his famous plays. Often dismissed as a country spinster who seduced an innocent boy, Anne emerges as a smart, resourceful woman who discovers her own talents. Arlis Ryan has written numerous short stories and books. An alumna of the University of Michigan, she has worked in advertising and public relations. Her lecture is Tuesday, Oct. 12, 6:30-8 p.m., at Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave., N.E.
A book signing follows each lecture. Books are available for purchase by personal check or cash only.