Monday 26th March 2012 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Literary Event, Free Event
The age of paper money and metal coins is coming to a close. David Wolman believes that physical cash will soon cease to be and his new book, The End of Money, shines the spotlight on this revolution - and the people, technologies, and trends that are powering it.
As the role of bills and coins in our everyday lives and in the economy lessens, real money is becoming not merely an abstraction, but an abstraction of an abstraction. What will an increasingly cashless future mean for society and for the people whose careers are linked to the production, management and collection of hard currency?
From Britain's Master of the Mint, Isaac Newton, to massive zinc mines in Western Australia, from Las Vegas casinos to Federal Reserve branch banks, from e-bullion businesses to Andrew Jackson's Specie Circular of 1836, The End of Money takes readers on a cross-cultural journey into the world of hard currency - and peers into a future without it. He also discusses money, culture, and poverty: is cash truly -- as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation claim -- the 'enemy of the poor'? If cash goes away, will this lead to financial inclusion for the world's poor?
David Wolman is an author and journalist based in Portland, Oregon. A contributing editor at Wired, he also writes about science, culture and travel for US publications such as Newsweek, National Geographic Traveler, Discover and Outside. His previous books include A Left-Hand Tum around the World: Chasing the Mystery and Meaning of All Things Southpaw and Righting the Mother Tongue: From Old English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling. Wolman is a former Fulbright Fellow, and holds a bachelor's degree in geography and a master's degree in journalism. His work appears in Best American Science Writing 2009. Visit his website at http://www.david-wolman.com/.
Venue: Upstairs at Foyles, Cabot Circus, Bristol
Tickets: Free but booking is essential. To reserve a place go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3062162009 Please note that you will need to print out your ticket and present this on the door to gain entry.