Nothing is more desired by über hipsters than Gabriel Hounds, an unbranded brand of dark, heavy denim clothing painstakingly created by a mysterious designer whose almost total lack of advertising is unnerving to the world's most forward-thinking marketing agency. As head of Blue Ant, Hubertus Bigend is more riveting than ever as he swings people like planets in and out of his personal orbit on his march into the heart of the military-fashion complex. William Gibson's latest novel, Zero History (Putnam), is a world of deadly serious clothes, design espionage, and urban nomads living out of a boutique hotel as quixotically curated as a Cornell box. The book is laced with the same acid-etched concrete prose and high-res cultural insight that once provoked The Guardian to call Gibson "probably the most important novelist of the past two decades." He'll sign at Magers & Quinn around 5 p.m., then read from the book before a Q&A at the Central Library in the evening.
Thu., Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2010