Cory in Seattle tomorrow, then PDX and SFO, for Homeland tour

Correction: The Borderlands event is on Feb 7, not Feb 8.

As this post goes live, I am on a plane from London to Seattle to kick off the tour for Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother. My first stop is tomorrow (Feb 5) night, at the Seattle Public Library, and then I head to Portland for Feb 6, where I'll be at Powell's in Beaverton. Then it's off to San Francisco, where I'll be at Booksmith on Feb 7, and Borderlands on Feb 8.

There's a lot more cities on this US tour, mostly in the warm spots (we're trying to minimize weather delays, because the schedule is so tight). And though it's not on the calendar yet, I'll be Lawrence, KS on Feb 28 at the Kansas Union's Alderson Auditorium at 7:30 and in Toronto on Mar 1 for a presentation at the Merril Collection at 7PM.

If you're wondering what the book's all about, The Oregonian ran an interview with me this weekend about the book:

A couple of years ago, it occurred to me that the emergency had become permanent. Declaring war on an abstract noun like "terror" meant that we would forever be on a war footing, where any dissent was characterized as treason, where justice was rough and unaccountable, where the relationship of the state to its citizens would grow ever more militarized.

But this permanent emergency didn't have any visible battlefront -- it was a series of largely invisible crises in the form of brutal prosecutorial overreach, police crackdowns, ubiquitous surveillance, merciless debt-hounding and repossession.

I wanted to write a story that helped kids see this invisible, all-powerful crisis unfolding around them, and helped them see that it didn't have to be that way, that they could push back.

I've heard from thousands and thousands of kids who were influenced by "Little Brother," kids for whom it was an inspiration to become makers, programmers and activists. I wanted to reach these kids again, and their little sisters and brothers, and show them that the fight goes on and it needs them.


  1. I think the Borderlands event is actually Feb 8, but is showing up as Feb 9 due to an incorrect timezone setting (since it shows the event time as 3am-5am, which would be a cool way to keep the crowds under control, but…).

    The home page events listing has it correctly as 

    “Cory Doctorow, HOMELAND (Tor, Hardcover, $17.99) Friday, February 8th at 7:00 pm”

  2. The day after Cory visits Seattle, Bruce Harrell of Seattle City Council will introduce a bill regulating two drones the Seattle Police Department purchased with U.S. Department of Homeland Security funding.

    Last week, we discovered that our police sneaked in a set of public surveillance cameras (also DHS-funded), with the intention of creating a wireless mesh network including 30 cameras, 160 access points, and miles of fiber optic cable, throughout the city, all in the name of port security.  Assistant Chief Paul A. McDonagh #4708, commander of the SPD Special Operations Bureau, was quoted as saying, “I don’t call it a surveillance camera – surveillance to me implies someone is sitting there watching it all the time. These are just cameras watching a general area.” (video).  Other agencies with access include the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard, and “the Homeland Security Nexus.”

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