Transmedia SF Meetup: Books of the Future

Join us to discuss and explore the next chapter for books in the era of transmedia.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


October 23, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



What will become of books in the era of transmedia? How will the information inside books be shared, and how will readers be impacted by those changes? Together with Transmedia SF, swissnex San Francisco welcomes four speakers who share their view of the future of books: a publisher, a digital media expert, an author, and a professor.

This event kicks off The Book Lab exhibition, an experimental journey following nine projects born in Swiss, Californian, and French higher education institutions that probe the next chapter for the book.


6:00 pm   doors open
6:30 pm   welcome message
6:35 pm   keynotes
7:15 pm   panel discussion
8:00 pm   explore the exhibition The Book Lab

This meetup is part of Futures of the Book, a week of discussions about the future of reading and writing in the digital age. Futures of the Book is a partnership between the Berkeley Center for New Media, the Books in Browsers conference, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Goethe Institute, and swissnex San Francisco.


Debra Di Blasi

Debra Di Blasiis an author, screenwriter and publisher. Her books include The Jirí Chronicles & Other Fictions; Drought & Say What You Like: Novellas; Prayers of an Accidental Nature: Short Stories. She has been favorably reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, Review of Contemporary Fiction, and elsewhere. Awards include a James C. McCormick Fellowship in Fiction from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, Cinovation Screenwriting Award, Diagram Innovative Fiction Award, and Best of the Web Fiction.
Her books are taught at colleges and universities across the country, and have been the subject of doctorate studies abroad. Debra’s short fiction is included in a many leading anthologies of innovative writing and has been adapted to film, radio, theatre, and audio CD in the U.S. and abroad. Her essays, art reviews and articles can be found in a variety of international, national and regional publications.
Debra taught experimental narrative forms for eight years at Kansas City Art Institute, including hyperfiction, and mixed media and multimedia fiction. She frequently lectures on topics related to 21st Century narrative forms. Past and future lectures include Sorbonne University, Paris, France; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Associated Writing Programs Conference; Kansas City Film Festival; Louisville Writers Conference; Mark Twain Writers Conference, and elsewhere.


Jan Millsapps

Jan Millsapps is a pioneering digital filmmaker, an early web innovator, and a versatile and accomplished writer. She has produced films, videos, digital and interactive cinema on subjects ranging from domestic violence to global terrorism, and has published in traditional print and online venues.
As professor of cinema at San Francisco State University, she teaches courses in digital cinema, interactive cinema, web cinema and short format screenwriting. She earned her B.A. with honors in Creative Arts at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; her M.A. in English at Winthrop University; and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of South Carolina. She also holds an academic certificate in cosmology.


 Etienne Mineur

Etienne Mineur received his degree from the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs of Paris with a thesis about interactive media design. As an Art Director at several design agencies, he has collaborated on various projects for prestigious international institutions and companies (Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, SNCF, Pompidou Center, BNF) and has produced more than a dozen cultural CD-ROMs, including one about Freud (Milia d’Or 1999) and a collection published by the Bibliothéque de La Pléiade. He has given courses and lectures in several institutions in France, the USA, China, and Japan.
Mineur is also co-founder of Incandescence, a publishing house specialized in themes related to new technologies and experimental art. He worked for the Japanese company Issey Miyake for eight years as designer and producer of their website, which received numerous awards. He is also co-founder and Creative Director of les éditions volumiques. In addition, he is a professor at École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs of Paris and at the Geneva University of Art and Design.


 Martin Zimper

Martin Zimper is Head of CAST/Audiovisual Media at the Zurich University of the Arts, Department of Design. He teaches production and audiovisual content for online and mobile media and tablets (animations, web documentaries, webisodes, interactive infographics) and how to reach and develop online-audiences. He is also an international Keynote Speaker (Sydney, Shanghai, London, Brussels, Vienna) and was part of the 2011 Conference, “The future of magazines on the tablet.”
Zimper holds a PhD in communications and has a successful track record as program director, managing director, media entrepreneur, scriptwriter, and published author.

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Photo: Myleen Hollero

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