Category Archives: Announcements

Borg Like Me is HERE!

400 copies of Borg Like Me arrived on my doorstep this week! These are the Kickstarter reward copies and copies for the media. The book is now also available from my site here and via Amazon. For the rest of the summer, when you order from Sparks of Fire, you’ll get free shipping and a […]

Announcing the Release of Borg Like Me

For Immediate Release July 2, 2014–Sparks of Fire Press is excited to announce the release of Borg Like Me & Other Tales of Art, Eros, and Embedded Systems, a best-of collection and “poor man’s memoir” from cyberculture pioneer and maker movement midwife, Gareth Branwyn. This heavily-illustrated, beautifully-produced book chronicles Branwyn’s personal and professional journey, from […]

Recording The Beatles Review on WINK

On today’s WINK review: How many books in your library make you happy just to know that you own them? How many do you enthusiastically show off to friends, knowing that you’re sharing something truly unique and wondrous? Recording The Beatles is one of a few such books in my library. First off, the “out […]

My BEE Review on WINK

My latest WINK review, of Rose-Lynn Fisher’s amazing BEE, is live. Work on BEE, the handsome and inspiring book by artist and photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher, began the first time she peered at the magnified image of a bee’s eye and realized that its 6,900 hexagonal lenses looked shockingly similar to a honeycomb. Was this a […]

Come to My Reading THIS Thursday!

From the Curator’s Office Press Release:   EAST COAST PREMIERE BOOK READING OF BORG LIKE ME: & Other Tales of Art, Eros and Embedded Systems by GARETH BRANWYN in conjunction with the JONATHAN MONAGHAN: ALIEN FANFARE exhibition PART OF DC’S FORWARD FEST C U R A T O R ‘ S O F F […]

“Tears in the Rain” Chapbook is Here!

Hot off the presses! My latest chapbook, “Tears in the Rain,” was just delivered from the printers. It looks even lovelier than I imagined. I’m so happy with it. Available to order now. The deal is the same as my “Sucks-Less Writing” guide: $6 US/CND, $9 rest of world. Send a payment to (which […]

“Big Questions” – An exquisite literary feast that reads like a literal dream

My review of Anders Nilsen’s epic-scaled postmodern comic fable, Big Questions, is up on WINK: The day my mail carrier plopped a review copy of this hefty, gorgeous tome inside my screen door (I have an uncanny ability to discern this faint but happy sound from anywhere in the house), I immediately cracked it open […]

My First Wink Books Review!

Woo-hoo! My first WINK review is live. So thrilled to be involved in this project. For my first book, I reviewed the amazing Cartographies of Time, by Anthony Grafton and Daniel Rosenberg: Cartographies of Time is literally groovy. As you hold it in your hands, the horizontal corrugations in the cover boards constantly and literally […]

My Research Residency on the Maker Movement

I started my Provisions Library Research Residency at George Mason University yesterday. For the next 3 weeks, I’ll be researching the maker movement. Is it really a “movement”? What does that mean, exactly? How large is its reach? What areas of education, technology, business, local community, and the culture at large is it touching, and […]

Sneak Peek at Traveling Device Book (Including My Foreword)

The comics website Major Spoilers has posted a sneak peek of Device Volume 3, the latest in a series of gorgeous found-object and post-industrial surrealism art books from Device Gallery. This one is called Traveling Device and covers train, planes, automobiles, rocket ships, and strange inexplicable creature-vehicles from the Id. I’ve written the forewords to […]