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Naomi Alderman with Maggie Tokuda-Hall / The Future

The Booksmith

1727 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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Booksmith and Berkeley Arts & Letters are thrilled to present the bestselling, award-winning author of The PowerNaomi Alderman, in conversation with Maggie Tokuda-Hall, for Alderman's new novel The Future, in which a handful of friends plot a daring heist to save the world from the tech giants whose greed threatens life as we know it. Join us!


About the book

When Martha Einkorn fled her father’s isolated compound in Oregon, she never expected to find herself working for a powerful social media mogul hell-bent on controlling everything. Now, she’s surrounded by mega-rich companies designing private weather, predictive analytics, and covert weaponry, while spouting technological prophecy. Martha may have left the cult, but if the apocalyptic warnings in her father’s fox and rabbit sermon—once a parable to her—are starting to come true, how much future is actually left?

Across the world, in a mall in Singapore, Lai Zhen, a famous internet survivalist, flees from an assassin. She’s cornered, desperate and—worst of all—might die without ever knowing what's going on. Suddenly, a remarkable piece of software appears on her phone telling her exactly how to escape. Who made it? What is it really for? And if those behind it can save her from danger, what do they want from her, and what else do they know about the future?

Martha and Zhens worlds are about to collide. An explosive chain of events is set in motion. While a few billionaires assured of their own safety lead the world to destruction, Martha’s relentless drive and Zhen’s insatiable curiosity could lead to something beautiful or the cataclysmic end of civilization.

By turns thrilling, hilarious, tender, and always piercingly brilliant, The Future unfolds at a breakneck speed, highlighting how power corrupts the few who have it and what it means to stand up to them. The future is coming. The Future is here.


About the speakers

Naomi Alderman is the bestselling author of The Power, which was the winner of the 2017 Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction. It was longlisted for the 2017 Orwell Prize and chosen as one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly and the San Francisco ChronicleThe Power topped Barack Obama’s list of his favorite books from 2017 and has been translated into more than thirty languages. Naomi grew up in London and attended Oxford University and UEA. Photo by Annabel Moeller.

Maggie Tokuda-Hall has an MFA in creative writing from USF. She is the author of the 2017 Parent's Choice Gold Medal winning picture book, Also an Octopus, illustrated by Benji Davies. The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea is her debut young adult novel, which was an NPR, Kirkus, School Library Journal and Book Page Best Book of 2020. Its sequel, The Siren, The Song and The Spy comes out September 2023. Her graphic novel, Squad, is an Ignyte and Locus Award nominated comic book, and her newest picture book, Love in the Library, has been named a Best Picture Book of 2022 by Book Page, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, children, and objectively perfect dog.


Please note:

  • This is a ticketed, in-person event to be held at The Booksmith, 1727 Haight Street in San Francisco, CA.
  • Because we’re limiting capacity for safety purposes, we can't guarantee we'll have space for walk-ins. The best way to ensure you’ll get a seat is to order a ticket now.
  • We are happy to offer *signed copies* of The Futureorder a ticket if you'd like to pick up a signed copy at the event, or order here if you just want a signed copy and no admission. We ship worldwide and offer free domestic shipping for orders > $50.
  • You can order books by Maggie Tokuda-Hall here.
  • Questions? Concerns? Accessibility requests? Write [email protected].


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The Booksmith
1727 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
415-863-8688