See Also

Past Events / Scheduled Events / Bookings


Edinburgh, UK

Street Crop

Edinburgh Festival Fringe – 9-11 August (6.30 pm)
The Fiddlers Elbow, Edinburgh

“A debut success: I was urged to return next year with a one-man show. So, here’s a teaser for whenever I get it together…”

London, UK


Literary Kitchen – Sunday, 21 July (12.00 pm)
Lambeth Country Show, Brockwell Park, Brixton

“An eclectic gathering for people passionate about the written word: readings, talks and panels, chatting and socialising.”


Stand-up Tragedy – Thursday, 4 July (7.30 pm)
The Dogstar, Brixton

“We make you sad; we make you think; we make you smile. Expect music, comedy, fiction, spoken word, true stories and more.”


Storytelling at Spark – Monday, 1 July (7.30 pm)
Canal Cafe Theatre, Little Venice

“A 10-minute remix of my memoir, ad-libbed live to the theme of ‘Quitting’ in north London. Cue moments of madness.”


Brixton Book Jam – Monday, 4 February (7.30 pm)
The Hootananny, Effra Road

“‘A-list authors, ghost writers, erudite editors, self-effacing self-publishers and aspiring scribes…’ Plus Geoff Dyer.”

Spark Black

Open Mic True Stories – Monday, 14 January (7.30 pm)
Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street

“Theme: Open Hearted: ‘Do you give your heart freely? Is your heart reliable? Do you have heart problems?’ Er, yes and no…”


2012 U.S. Tour

Boston, MA

Street performance – Sunday, 7 October (4.00 pm)
Harvard Square Oktoberfest, Cambridge, MA 02138

“Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Why I quit the New York Times to join Balkan gangsters! Get a signed copy today for just 10 bucks!”

Detroit, MI

Presentation – Friday, 5 October (7.00 pm)
2739 Edwin Gallery, 2739 Edwin Floor #2, Hamtramck

“Memories and myths from the Balkans, mainstream media and the author, who relates how he lost his illusions as a journalist.”

Ann Arbor, MI

Journalism Talk – Thursday, 4 October (4.00 pm)
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan

“Reflections on the myth of ‘objective reporting’. All media have an agenda; what counts is if they define it themselves.”

Boulder, CO

Reading / Talk – Monday, 1 October (7.00 pm)
Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe, 1203 13th Street Suite A

“Dream of changing the world? Daniel Simpson tells how not to do it. His memoir charts a gonzo career at The New York Times.”

Salt Lake City, UT

Book Club Talk – Saturday, 29 September (2.00 pm)
Call (347) 399-8001 for further information

“A discussion about Daniel Simpson’s memoir of quitting The New York Times, developing themes and materials for book groups.”

Seattle, WA

Author Event – Tuesday, 25 September (7.00 pm)
Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave North

“With brutally honest humor, Daniel Simpson recounts his journey to the edge, and a desperate drug-fuelled quest for the truth.”

Portland, OR

Presentation – Monday, 24 September (7.00 pm)
Red and Black Cafe, 400 SE 12th Avenue

“Author Daniel Simpson relates why he threw away his career at The New York Times, to get embroiled with Balkan gangsters.”

Danville, CA

Author Talk – Friday, 21 September (7.00 pm)
Read Booksellers, 3630 Blackhawk Plaza Circle

“Daniel Simpson shares reflections from his book about the Balkans, where nothing’s quite what it seems, just like in the media”

San Francisco, CA

Book Talk – Thursday, 20 September (7.00 pm)
Modern Times Bookstore Collective, 2919 24th St

“Daniel explains how he learned what activism wasn’t: by quitting his job to start a Balkan Woodstock, and recreating Altamont.”

Solvang, CA

Book Talk – Wednesday, 19 September (4.00 pm)
The Book Loft, 1680 Mission Drive, Solvang

“Meet the author: Daniel reads from and signs copies of his memoir, A Rough Guide to the Dark Side. Refreshments served.”

Los Angeles, CA

Book Talk – Tuesday, 18 September (7.00 pm)
Stories Books & Cafe, Echo Park, 1716 West Sunset

“Daniel Simpson will read from his book about quitting the New York Times to run a festival in Belgrade, which went awry.”

Dallas, TX

Open House – Sunday, 16 September (5.00 pm)
Writer’s Garret / Lucky Dog Books, 10801 Garland Road

“While reflecting on the festival in Serbia, Daniel talks about ways to stop news being propaganda, by ditching ‘objectivity’.”

Austin, TX

Discussion – Friday, 14 September (7.00 pm)
Brave New Books, 1904 Guadalupe St (downstairs)

“Of course we’re being lied to, but why? Lessons and reflections from the newsrooms of Reuters and The New York Times.”

Dallas, TX

Presentation – Thursday, 13 September (3.45 pm)
Mayborn School of Journalism, University of North Texas

“How to avoid being used as a reporter: careers advice and ideas on how to pursue your own agenda with integrity.”

Asheville, NC

Book Talk – Monday, 10 September (5.00 pm)
Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce Street

“Daniel shares what he learned as a reporter and festival organizer: trying to change the world but not your attitude backfires.”

Chapel Hill, NC

Book Talk – Sunday, 9 September (2.00 pm)
Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

“Author talk and book signing: Daniel Simpson’s Rough Guide to the Dark Side; in the media, foreign policy and himself.”

New York, NY

Launch Event – Tuesday, 4 September (7.00 pm)
Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St, Lower East Side

“Daniel Simpson reads from his memoir of blowing a career at The New York Times to change the Balkans with a music festival.”


2012 Launch

London, UK

Official Launch – Thursday, 30 August (7.30 pm)
West End Lane Books, West Hampstead, NW6 1QS

“Daniel Simpson will read from and sign copies of his honest and uproarious new book. Refreshments served. Free. RSVP here.”