Book events at Purdue, Lafayette Barnes & Noble next

While it's fairly simple to find just about anything on the Internet, author Ben Woods says there's one thing that sticks out the most: crazy people.

Woods will be signing and discussing his new fictional workplace humor book, "The Developers," 2-4 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Lawson Commons area in the new Lawson Computer Science Building (305 N. University St.). He will also take part in the Barnes and Noble Authors Day 4-7 p.m. Sept. 30 in Lafayette (2323 Sagamore Parkway South).

"We're excited to have author and Purdue alumnus Ben Woods for a book signing at the Lawson Computer Science Building," said Tim Korb, the assistant department head for the School of Computer Sciences. " 'The Developers' is an exciting tale set inside the software development industry and does much to expose the human side of computer science."

The Developers mixes the insane and obscene with computer technology, romance and pop culture. While the book's web development group tries to make its mark on the virtual world, it encounters pre-eminent issues that will soon be shaping the Internet of the future: Are individuals losing their remaining privacy due to the World Wide Web? Will online social interaction eventually replace in-person gatherings as a necessary means?

The book event is part of a five-state tour to promote The Developers, which is now available through all major national distribution chains. Woods also has stops in Ohio (Cincinnati and Columbus), Maryland (Baltimore), Illinois (Champaign), Kentucky (Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Crestview Hills) and Indiana (Evansville and Crawfordsville).

Woods, a Louisville, Ky., resident and Purdue University graduate (SLA '98), currently works as a web programmer at LeapFrog Interactive Inc. in Louisville and has written computer and workplace humor columns for a number of media websites.