7x20x21 at BEA 2012

My co-curator Ami Greko and I are thrilled to announce the lineup for this year’s 7x20x21 panel at BookExpo America.

  • Nate Silver, creator of FiveThirtyEight.com (a recent Webby Award winner) and author of the forthcoming book The Signal and The Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t  (Penguin Press, September).
  • Robin Sloan, the writer and media inventor behind @robinsloan, Fish: A Tap Essay, and the novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October).
  • Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be? A Novel from Life (Henry Holt, June), interviews editor at The Believer, and co-author of The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City.
  • D.T. Max, author of Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (Viking, August) and a staff writer for The New Yorker.
  • Jason Booher, book designer
  • Dan Wilbur, creator of Better Book Titles.

What Is 7x20x21?

Good question. It’s an awkward name for our pecha kucha-esque presentation format. Each speaker has seven minutes and a maximum of twenty slides. Each slide advances automatically every twenty-one seconds. Beyond that the speaker is allowed to interpret the format however she wishes. In years past Colson Whitehead debuted a device for killing Writer’s Block, Jennifer Egan previewed the now-famous “PowerPoint Chapter” from A Visit to the Goon Squad, and Clay Shirky demonstrated how the leisure time of the previous generation is being transformed into a “cognitive surplus.”

How do I attend?

Get a pass for BookExpo America and don’t schedule anything else for Tuesday, June 5th, 3-4pm. Or the hour after – there will be a cocktails and mingling following the panel. We’ll be at the Downtown Stage.

That sounds complicated and expensive. Will you record the panel?

Maybe. We’re working on it.

What does that mean?

It means what it means.

Is there a Facebook page or something for this?

Of course.


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