2015 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust  Prize for Nonfiction Finalist

Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent

Douglas Coupland
Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent 
Random House Canada

Douglas Coupland Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent

Jury Citation

A book about the world we live in and the world that is coming. With disarming skill, Douglas Coupland lets us know how his own brain has been altered by the Internet as he glides effortlessly from one thought to another, from one Alcatel-Lucent outpost to another, while attempting to avoid a Cassandra complex. The light, optimistic tone masks two disquieting observations: the end of an era of computing progress and the power of the virtual world to reshape our real, physical world and ourselves. Highly entertaining, but also unnerving.

About the Book

Alcatel-Lucent is a globally influential business whose work is largely unknown to consumers. It is only the 461st largest company on earth, but were it to vanish tomorrow, our modern world would immediately be the worse for its absence. Douglas Coupland travels to Alcatel-Lucent’s corporate offices and science labs in New Jersey, France, and China, and playfully examines the company through reflections on fiber wire, microprocessors, the Internet, and mobile technologies. By considering the larger cultural and social significance of transformative information technology, Kitten Clone becomes a meditation on technological advancement and the digital anxiety wrought by hyper-connectivity. What is the Internet doing to us as it relentlessly colonizes the planet, and our brains? Coupland has written a penetrating examination of the technological and cultural forces that surround us, and a unique exploration of a possible future.

About the Author

Douglas Coupland is a writer, designer, and visual artist. He has published more than 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture and Generation A, which was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His first solo exhibition opened last year at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Coupland lives in Vancouver. 




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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