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The third book to be released as part of the Writers in Residence series is written by Canadian cultural literary giant Douglas Coupland. Coupland takes readers on a web surfing-inspired ride through Alcatel-Lucent: one of the largest global telecommunications companies in the world. Coupland, with Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur, reports from inside Alcatel’s faceless corporate offices and wire-laden science labs, writing in his inimitably playful and insightful way about the wider cultural implications of the Internet and the affect Alcatel’s information technology has on each of our lives and the way we live. A non-fiction spin of Microserfs meets J-Pod, here comes Coupland’s wildly funny meditation on the Internet, its future and our possible future within it, in ways we would only hope for and expect from Douglas Coupland.
Douglas Coupland is a Canadian writer, designer, and visual artist. His first novel was the international bestseller Generation X and Coupland has continued to surprise and delight with his take on popular culture, be it through his novels or works of non-fiction. May 2014 sees the opening of Coupland’s first solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He writes a weekly column for The Financial Times Magazine.Olivia Arthur is a British Magnum photographer. Having lived in and photographed India, she continues to photograph there under the continued support of Fondation Jean-Luc Lagadere. Arthur’s first photography book, Jeddah Diary, about young women in Saudi Arabia, was published in 2012.