Counting down to the launch of Tribes

The Tribes of Burning Man: How an Experimental City in the Desert is Shaping the New American Counterculture will start rolling off the presses by the end of the week and I should have boxes of books in my possession by late next week to sign and send to those who have pre-ordered it on my website (pre-orders through CCC Publishing, Amazon, and other sites will ship then as well).

We’ve also finalized details for our book launch party on Feb. 17 at Project One (251 Rhode Island Street, SF). The party kicks off at 7 p.m., with a program at 9 p.m. that will include a reading and speeches by me and several of the book’s main characters whose efforts make Burning Man so vital and relevant. After that, we’ll drop the beats for a dance party featuring DJs who appear the book: Syd Gris (Opulent Temple), Smoove (Bohemian Carnival), Mancub (Space Cowboys), and Clarkie (Deep End/Distrikt). Admission is $5, or $20 if you want a signed copy of the book.

After that, I’ll be doing a March 8 presentation on the book and its relevance to urbanism at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association’s Urban Center (654 Mission Street, SF). That event goes from 6-8 pm and it will also include a discussion with key members of the burner community. And it also happens to fall on Fat Tuesday, so join us for a Mardi Gras celebration after the talk. I’ll also do a short reading from the book on Feb. 18 at Kinky Salon with help from founders (and book characters) Polly Superstar and Barron Scott Levkoff, so check their website for details, restrictions, and warnings. And we’ll have many more events to announce in the coming weeks.

OK, that’s it for now, but check back soon for original reporting on news stories in the Burning Man world featured in the book, including developments in the federal lawsuit over the arson attack on La Contessa and the latest news on Black Rock City LLC’s plans to open a high-profile headquarters in San Francisco and to turn control of the event over to a new nonprofit entity.

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