STARTUP Launch: Doree Shafrir in conversation with Jenna Wortham

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7:00pm

Doree Shafrir (senior culture writer, BuzzFeed) launches her anticipated, already-acclaimed debut novel Startup (Little, Brown 2017) with a conversation with Jenna Wortham (contributing writer, The New York Times Magazine & podcast host, Still Processing). A signing will follow the conversation, with books for sale courtesy of our friends & co-presenters WORD Bookstore.

Doree Shafrir is a senior culture writer at BuzzFeed and has also been on staff at Rolling Stone, the New York Observer, Gawker, and Philadelphia Weekly, and has contributed to the New York Times, the New Yorker, Slate, The Awl, New York magazine, Marie Claire, and Wired. She grew up outside Boston, lived in New York for nine years, and now resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Matt Mira, a comedy writer and podcaster.

Startup set in the heart of New York City’s tech industry, where 36 is considered past your prime and a pole-dancing workshop is an acceptable Thursday evening activity with your co-workers. A veteran online journalist, Doree has written an entertaining and sharply observed novel about the difficulties of real-life connection in our hyper-connected world. STARTUP assembles a cast of indelible characters: Mack, the it-boy visionary of the moment trying to take his app to the next level; Isabel, a social media hero working for him a bit too closely; Katya, an ambitious Russian emigré journalist desperate for a scoop; and Sabrina, an exhausted mother of two whose inattentive husband happens to be Katya’s boss. When a scandal erupts in the lower Manhattan loft building where all four work, they quickly discover just how small a world the Big Apple’s tech community can be.

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