Tucson Festival of Books

Kyle Chayka



Josh Sisk

In Memory of Stephen Tanner

Kyle Chayka is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he writes a column on digital technology and the impact of the internet and social media on culture. His debut book, "The Longing for Less," an exploration of minimalism in life and art, was published in 2020. His new book is "Filterworld." As a journalist and critic, he has contributed to many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The New Republic and Vox. He was the first staff writer of the art publication Hyperallergic. Chayka is also the cofounder of Study Hall, an online community for journalists, and Dirt, a newsletter about digital culture. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Scheduled events:
Power and Pitfalls Of the Online World
We shop, explore, read the news, watch a video on our electronic gear. As soon as we do, algorithms start doing their job to influence where we go next, what we see and what we buy -- whether we want them to or not. At the same time, social platforms and their creative users have changed "our expectations of content, connection, purchasing and power." These authors have researched both sides of our online experience and will pull the pieces together.

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Kyle Chayka, Taylor Lorenz
Moderator: Tom Çollins
Living with Less
Minimalist trends are all the rage, but where did they originate ? Does the concept of living with less extend beyond decluttering? Cultural observer Kyle Chayka explores the richer, deeper and more valuable gifts that minimalism has to offer.

Koffler Room 216 (Seats 89, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Kyle Chayka
Moderator: Melissa Crytzer Fry
Secret Perils Of AI, Internet
Take a deep dive into the world behind the digital one we see. These three writers delve into the origin and uses of facial recognition technology, the failures at Facebook to control abuses and how algorithms "are a pervading force ... already influencing cultural consumers and creators."

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Kyle Chayka, Kashmir Hill, Jeff Horwitz
Moderator: Andrew Brown

Books:
Filterworld
How Algorithms Flattened Culture
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
January 2024
ISBN 9780385548281
304 pages
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The Longing for Less
What’s Missing from Minimalism
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Bloomsbury USA
January 2024
ISBN 9781639734191
272 pages