Elliott Bay Book Company presents:
Ian McEwan, MACHINES LIKE ME
appearing in conversation with Mary Ann Gwinn.
Mon, May 6, 2019 at 7pm
- Doors open at 6 pm
- Admits one person and includes one copy of Machines Like Me
Please join us for an evening with Ian McEwan, who will appear in conversation with Mary Ann Gwinn.
In MACHINES LIKE ME (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday) bestselling and Booker Prize-winning author Ian McEwan recreates an alternative 1980s London, turning his sharp eye to the topic of AI and incorporating his trademark depictions of nuanced human relationships and domestic disturbance.
At the heart of MACHINES LIKE ME resides the unlikeliest of love triangles. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with upstairs neighbor Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie inherits a large sum of money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s help, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-perfect (almost) human is beautiful, strong and clever – and these three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma.
Each ticket includes a signed copy of Machines Like Me. This event is not expected to include additional booksigning. Additional copies of Machines Like Me.
Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of seventeen books, including the novels Nutshell; The Children Act; Sweet Tooth; Solar, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; On Chesil Beach; Saturday; Atonement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award; The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both short-listed for the Booker Prize; Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize; and The Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award; as well as the story collections First Love, Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and In Between the Sheets.
Mary Ann Gwinn is a regular contributor to the Seattle Times’ Weekly Lit Life Column and reviews for Booklist, Newsday and other publications. She won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for coverage of the Exxon Valdez disaster and was one of three jurors for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in fiction.