P&T Knitwear is pleased to welcome Josh Riedel to celebrate his debut novel, Please Report Your Bug Here about a dating app employee who discovers a glitch that transports him to other worlds. Josh will be in conversation with Emi Nietfeld & Vanessa Chan.
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Once you sign an NDA it's good for life. Meaning legally, I shouldn't tell you this story. But I have to.
A college grad with the six-figure debt to prove it, Ethan Block views San Francisco as the place to be. Yet his job at hot new dating app DateDate is a far cry from what he envisioned. Instead of making the world a better place, he reviews flagged photo queues, overworked & stressed out. But that's about to change.
Reeling from a breakup, Ethan decides to view his algorithmically matched soulmate on DateDate. He overrides the system & clicks on the profile. Then, he disappears. One minute, he's in a windowless office, & the next, he's in a field of endless grass, gasping for air. When Ethan snaps back to DateDate HQ, he's convinced a coding issue caused the blip. Except for anyone to believe him, he'll need evidence. As Ethan embarks on a wild goose chase, moving from dingy startup think tanks to Silicon Valley's dominant tech conglomerate, it becomes clear that there's more to DateDate than meets the eye. With the stakes rising, & a new world at risk, Ethan must choose who-and what-he believes in.
Adventurous & hypertimely, Please Report Your Bug Here is an inventive millennial coming-of-age story, a dark exploration of the corruption now synonymous with Big Tech, and, above all, a testament to the power of human connection in our digital era.
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PRAISE FOR Please Report Your Bug Here
"Please Report Your Bug Here is a gripping literary thriller that forces us to confront our complicity in the technologies reshaping human connections, & it asks how far we will go to maintain those connections. Dark, funny, & highly inventive, Riedel's debut is as addictive as the apps it criticizes." - Vulture
"A smart expos of the tech boom imbued with a touch of weird fantastical elements . . . Riedel makes the most of his removed narrator, who has enough distance from the events to offer sharp insights on gentrification, workplace ennui, & the uncanny ways that tech has blurred his sense of reality . . . It's impressive how much Riedel packs into this." - Publishers Weekly
"Riedel's bio states that he was the first employee at Instagram & now holds an MFA, which explains his exquisite technical rendering of startup/app culture as well as his deeply romantic portrayal of contemporary San Francisco. The book is a great addition to the growing canon of literature examining the role & reach of Silicon Valley." - Booklist
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Josh Riedel was the first employee at Instagram, where he worked for several years before earning his MFA from the University of Arizona. His short stories have appeared in One Story, Passages North, & Sycamore Review. Please Report Your Bug Here is his first novel. He lives in San Francisco, California.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Emi Nietfeld is a writer & software engineer. After graduating from Harvard College in 2015, she worked at Google & Facebook. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Rumpus, Vice, & other publications. She lives in New York City with her family. She is the author of Acceptance: A Memoir (Penguin Press).
Vanessa Chan is the Malaysian author of The Storm We Made, a novel (Jan. 2024), & The Ugliest Babies in the World, a story collection - both forthcoming from Scribner/Marysue Rucci Books. Her novel will be published in 20 countries worldwide. Vanessa's other work has been published in Electric Lit, Kenyon Review, Ecotone, & more. She has received scholarship support from the Sewanee, Bread Loaf, & Tin House writers' conferences, & co-curates the 20+ year old Pete's Reading Series in Brooklyn.