Doors open 7pm, this event will start at 7.30
(preceded by a short AGM for Friends Of Bishopston Library).
The Guardian said “The Undoing of Arlo Knott, Heather Child’s second novel, following the successful Everything About You, combines compassion and a fascinating premise to produce a moving time-slip romance. It opens with 13-year-old Arlo helping his mother in the garden: a moment of inattention leads to the accident that kills her, and which Arlo might have prevented […] Child makes the initially unlikable Arlo the focus of our sympathy as she expertly reveals a character flawed by circumstance, and the novel has a wonderfully poignant ending. The Undoing of Arlo Knott is a triumph”.
Everything About You: Who will make our decisions in the future? So rapidly is a transhumanist near-future becoming reality that science fiction can hardly keep up. In this talk, local author Heather Child will explain how data company Cambridge Analytica managed to target people’s ‘inner demons’, and how the networked world will soon know us so well that it will second-guess our every move. Amid room-mapping vacuums, self-filling fridges and bikinis that warn of sunburn, we will be tempted to sit back, relax and leave decisions about our lives to the artificially intelligent assistants that know what’s best for us.
A cash bar will be available for hot drinks and soft drinks.
Proceeds go to Friends Of Bishopston Library – we provide facilities, equipment and events at the library.
Tickets £3 online or from the library