Roberto Simanowski: WASTE: A New Media Primer @ MIT Press Bookstore
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the MIT Bookstore in welcoming Roberto Simanowski to discuss his book, Waste: A New Media Primer.

Simanowski, who has been studying the Internet and social media since the 1990s, goes deeper than the conventional wisdom. With these engaging and provocative essays, Roberto Simanowski considers what new media has done to us. Why is digital privacy being eroded and why does society seem not to care? Why do we escape from living and loving the present into capturing, sharing and liking it? And how did we arrive at a selfie society without self-consciousness?

Roberto Simanowski is a scholar of media and cultural studies and the author of Digital Art and MeaningData LoveFacebook Society, Waste: A New Media Primer, andThe Death Algorithm and Other Digital Dilemmas (the last two published by the MIT Press).



We look forward to welcoming Bookbuilders of Boston to this talk as part of their networking event Book Talk & Taco!

authors@MIT: Leonardo Journal 50th Anniversary @ MIT Press Bookstore
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

You’re invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Leonardo/ISAST at the MIT Press Bookstore. Join us for a festive evening of conversation about the journal’s history and its long-standing relationship with MIT.

The event features Roger Malina, Executive Editor of Leonardo; Danielle Siembieda, Managing Director of Leonardo; Nick Lindsay, Director of Journals and Open Access at the MIT Press; and Leonardo authors Elizabeth Goldring and Joan Brigham.

About Leonardo/ISAST

50 Years of Celebrating the Community

Almost half a century ago, kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina set out to solve the needs of a community of artists and scientists working across disciplines by using the “new media” of the time—offset print publishing. As a groundbreaking, innovative venture, Leonardo represented a unique vision—to serve as an international channel of communication among artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. The result was Leonardo, an academic journal for artists with the peer-review rigor of a scientific journal. For 50 years, Leonardo has been the definitive publication for artist-academics.

Using Electricity: An Evening with Counterpath @ MIT Press Bookstore
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the MIT Press Bookstore for a reading to launch Using Electricity, a new series of computer generated books from Counterpath, meant to reward reading in conventional and unconventional ways. Featured readers are Ranjit Bhatnagar, Li Zilles, Milton Läufer, and series editor Nick Montfort.

Ranjit Bhatnagar works in music, installation, and text, with a particular interest in algorithmic techniques and in improvisation at all stages of creation. His book Encomials: Sonnets from Pentametron is a book of sonnets written by computer and by the world.



Li Zilles is a language hacker and programmer, and author of two previous computer-generated books, The Seeker and Our Story. Their book, Machine, Unlearning, was created by a computer program that constructs “litanies” of questions. Ranging from obvious to awkward, natural to uncanny, these generated streams of inquiry work to frame the assumptions embedded within the model in a (somewhat) human-interpretable way.


Milton Läufer is an Argentinian writer, journalist and teacher. He has published articles and short stories in Esquire, Vice, Guernica, CIA Revista, and Otra Parte, among others. His novel A Noise Such as a Man Might Make is based on two iconic American novels, a computer conflation using a well-known algorithm that has been applied to language since the middle of the 20th Century.


Series editor Nick Montfort is professor of digital media at MIT and is an author or editor of fifteen books. The Truelist, the first book in the Using Electricity series, is a book-length poem generated by a one-page, stand-alone computer program.

Carol A. Stabile: The Broadcast 41 @ MIT Press Bookstore
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Carol A. Stabile to discuss her book, The Broadcast 41: Women and the Anti-Communist Blacklist.

At the dawn of the Cold War era, forty-one women working in American radio and television were placed on a media blacklist and forced from their industry. The ostensible reason: so-called Communist influence. The Broadcast 41 describes what American radio and television lost when these women—among them Dorothy Parker, Lena Horne, and Gypsy Rose Lee— were blacklisted, documenting their aspirations and achievements.


Carol A. Stabile is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon.

Sidewalk Sale! @ MIT Press Bookstore
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

It’s that time again! Join us Sunday afternoon for great bargains on academic press titles.

Julian Raxworthy and Peter Del Tredici: Overgrown @ MIT Press Bookstore
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Julian Raxworthy in conversation with Peter Del Tredici to discuss Dr. Raxworthy’s book, Overgrown, which calls for the integration of landscape architecture and gardening. Each has something to offer the other: Landscape architecture can design beautiful spaces, and gardening can enhance and deepen the beauty of garden environments over time. Growth, says Raxworthy, is the medium of garden development; landscape architects should leave the office and go into the garden in order to know growth in an organic, nonsimulated way.




Julian Raxworthy is a landscape architect from Australia. He convenes the Landscape Architecture and Urban Design programs in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town.





Peter Del Tredici is a botanist specializing in the growth and development of trees. He retired from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in 2014 after working there for 35 years as Plant Propagator, Curator of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection, Editor of Arnoldia, Director of Living Collections and Senior Research Scientist. He was an Associate Professor in Practice in the Landscape Architecture Department at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1992 through 2016 and is currently teaching in the Urban Planning Department at MIT. In 2013, he was awarded the Veitch Gold Medal by The Royal Horticultural Society (England) “in recognition of services given in the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture.”