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November 18, 2014
Book launch: Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous author Gabriella Coleman in conversation with Astra Taylor and Molly Crabapple
The Strand Bookstore
November 18, 2014
7.00pm - 8.00pm
The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (corner of 12th Street & Broadway.)
Manhattan, NY 10003 United States
Gabriella Coleman, author of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy, in conversation with Molly Crabapple and Astra Taylor

One of the few anthropologists so fully immersed in the set of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the "Anonymous" umbrella, Coding Freedom author Gabriella Coleman visits Strand to present her new book, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous. Join us for an in-depth discussion and Q&A on this at once internationally lauded and condemned collective.

Gabriella will be joined by artists and writer Molly Crabapple; and The Baffler contributing editor Astra Taylor, creator of the documentary Zizek!

Buy a copy of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

Gabriella Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism. She is the author of Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking.


Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Called "An emblem of the way art can break out of the gilded gallery" by the New Republic, she has drawn in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi's migrant labor camps, and with rebels in Syria. Crabapple is a columnist for VICE, and has written for publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. She was shortlisted for a Frontline Print Journalism Award in 2013, and received a Gold Rush Award from RUSH Philanthropic Arts in 2014.  Molly's illustrated memoir, Drawing Blood, will be published by Harper Collins in 2015. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.


Astra Taylor is a contributing editor of The Baffler, filmmaker, writer, and activist. Her films include Zizek!, a feature documentary about the world’s most outrageous philosopher, and Examined Life, a series of excursions with contemporary thinkers including Slavoj Zizek, Judith Butler, Cornel West, Peter Singer and others. Both movies premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and are distributed by Zeitgeist Films.

Taylor’s writing has appeared in The Nation, the London Review of Books, Bookforum, and other publications. She is the editor of Examined Life, a companion volume to the film, and coeditor of Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America. Taylor also helped launch the Occupy offshoot Strike Debt and its Rolling Jubilee campaign. Most recently she is the author of the book The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. She is currently working on a documentary about democracy.