Red Team Blues: Cory Doctorow in Conversation with Sean Cranbury

On Wednesday, May 10th at 6pm, join Massy Arts Society, Massy Books, and Tor Publishing Group at Heritage Hall for the launch of Red Team Blues, a gripping new novel by Cory Doctorow. Cory will be joined in conversation by writer and literary organizer Sean Cranbury.

You are invited to enjoy Cory’s thrilling, eye-opening look at the underworkings of cryptocurrency shenanigans and the social and corporate dynamics that inform how the world really works. Following a reading of Red Team Blues, join Cory & Sean for a riveting conversation on surveillance culture, chokepoint capitalism, corporate book publishing, and of course, Cory Doctorow’s newest work!

About The Book

Red Team Blues (Tor Publishing Group):

New York Times bestseller Cory Doctorow’s Red Team Blues is a grabby next-Tuesday thriller about cryptocurrency shenanigans that will awaken you to how the world really works.

Martin Hench is 67 years old, single, and successful in a career stretching back to the beginnings of Silicon Valley. He lives and roams California in a very comfortable fully-furnished touring bus, The Unsalted Hash, that he bought years ago from a fading rock star. He knows his way around good food and fine drink. He likes intelligent women, and they like him back often enough.

Martin is a—contain your excitement—self-employed forensic accountant, a veteran of the long guerilla war between people who want to hide money, and people who want to find it. He knows computer hardware and software alike, including the ins and outs of high-end databases and the kinds of spreadsheets that are designed to conceal rather than reveal. He’s as comfortable with social media as people a quarter his age, and he’s a world-level expert on the kind of international money-laundering and shell-company chicanery used by Fortune 500 companies, mid-divorce billionaires, and international drug gangs alike. He also knows the Valley like the back of his hand, all the secret histories of charismatic company founders and Sand Hill Road VCs. Because he was there at all the beginnings. He’s not famous, except to the people who matter. He’s made some pretty powerful people happy in his time, and he’s been paid pretty well. It’s been a good life.

Now he’s been roped into a job that’s more dangerous than anything he’s ever agreed to before—and it will take every ounce of his skill to get out alive.

About The Author

Cory Doctorow is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Locus, and many other publications. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an MIT Media Lab Research Associate and a visiting professor of Computer Science at the Open University. His award-winning novel Little Brother and its sequel Homeland were a New York Times bestsellers. His novella collection Radicalized was a CBC Best Fiction of 2019 selection. Born and raised in Canada, he lives in Los Angeles.

In Conversation with

Sean Cranbury is a writer, cultural manager, and literary event organizer. He has been an independent bookseller of one kind or another for more than 30 years; a timeline that runs parallel to the development of our modern browser-based experience of the internet. In 2009 Sean created a radio show and podcast called Books on the Radio and interviewed countless writers about their work including Cory Doctorow, William Gibson, Ian Rankin, and others. In 2010 Sean founded a local literary reading series called Real Vancouver that serves to celebrate and promote emerging and established writers from Vancouver and beyond. The series continues to this day. Sean’s writing has been featured in the Vancouver Sun, Sad Mag, Poetry is Dead Magazine, CBC, and in countless digressive threads across the internet. He lives on the ancient and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations with his partner, Carleigh Baker, and an opinionated bunny. Find out more at