by Jason Fagone
UPDATE: I’ve added an events page with confirmed dates.
I’m trying to set up a mini book tour / road trip for INGENIOUS and I need your help.
Here’s what I’d like to do. Kevin Smith, the man who built a 207-MPG electric car in an Illinois barn with his friends and family and his own bare hands, is willing to take a week off work and haul the car to the East Coast on the week of November 18 or the week of December 2. Either one. I’d like to visit some East Coast cities with Kevin and talk about the book. We’ll go as far north as Boston, as far south as Richmond, and anywhere in between. Here are some places we’d like to go:
I have a 10- to 15-minute Keynote talk about the book and the cars. I have a portable LCD projector. I have a Bluetooth clicker. God help me, I bought a Bluetooth clicker. I will bring the clicker and the projector to your bookstore or hacker space or university club, and I will bring the maniac Kevin Smith, and Kevin will bring his magnificent car. We’ll talk about the book together. We’ll talk about ingenuity and innovation and aerodynamics and electric-vehicle technology and why a lot of cars suck and how they can be better. We’ll talk about the power of ordinary people to change the world. Then we’ll give people rides in the car.
Does this sound like fun? I think it sounds like fun. But like I said, I need your help. Do you know anyone at a bookstore or hacker space or university that might want to host us? We could use any advice or direction. Please let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org and @jfagone on Twitter. Thanks.