Event date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 7:00pm
Featured Book: 
Permanent Record: How One Man Exposed the Truth about Government Spying and Digital Security



If you were convinced it was the right thing to do, how far would you go to inform your country, your fellow citizens? Would you follow your conscience? And what would you be willing to give up?


Join us for the ONLY virtual visit in the US for the new Young Readers Edition of Edward Snowden’s book, Permanent Record! Snowden will be discussing his book with Cory Doctorow followed by a short Q&A. 


In 2013, Edward Snowden shocked the world when he revealed that the United States government was secretly building a system of mass surveillance with the ability to gaze into the private lives of every person on earth. Phone calls, text messages, emails—nothing was safe from prying eyes. Now the man who risked everything to expose the truth about government spying describes for a new generation how he helped build that system, what motivated him to try to bring it down, and how young people can strive to protect their privacy in the digital age.


This adaptation of Snowden's crucial, eye-opening adapted memoir is perfect for a rising generation that is driven toward enacting real change and embracing digital security and privacy tools; it will inform and inspire future coders, bureaucrats, tech moguls, and users of every kind of digital product and service. 


Questions for Cory Doctorow and Edward Snowden can be submitted through Eventbrite during ticket purchase and they will select some to answer during the event if time allows. We will not be taking live questions.  



Edward Snowden was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and grew up in the shadow of Fort Meade, Maryland. A systems engineer by training, he served as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency and worked as a contractor for the National Security Agency. He has received numerous awards for his public service, including the Right Livelihood Award, the German Whistleblower Prize, the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling, and the Carl von Ossietzky Medal from the International League for Human Rights. Currently, he serves as president of the board of directors of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. 


Little Brother: After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right. 


Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, and journalist—the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of many books, including Walkaway, In Real Life, Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, a book about earning a living in the Internet age, and Homeland, a YA sequel to Little Brother.


Snowden's sprightly prose, his deep technical knowledge, his superb knack for explaining complex matters, his ability to articulate principled action all come together in a book that is, if anything, BETTER than the adult version. --Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

A fascinating look behind the scenes of real-life espionage. -- School Library Journal


An absorbing read about digital privacy and one man's fateful choice to disclose government secrets. -- Kirkus


Tickets are $20 each and includes the event book, Permanent Record. We are also offering an option with Doctorow’s young adult fiction title: Little Brother. Ticket delivery is digital, since this is a Zoom Event.

Here are the ticket purchase options:


If you want to have the book delivered to you:

Ticket & Book ($3 Shipping) = $23 +tax

Ticket & Book Bundle ($5 Shipping)= $38 +tax

Book will ship on 2/5


Save 10% by picking up locally at one of our stores:

Ticket & Book (Local Pickup with 10% discount)= $18 +tax

Ticket & Book Bundle (Local Pickup with 10% discount)= $30 +tax

Little Brother is on back order, if you select this option after 2/5, this book will ship in about 2 weeks.


If you would like to donate your copy of Permanent Record to a local high school, please indicate during ticket purchase.

Minimum of $30 shipping charge for international orders.

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