2014 is going to be here before we know it, and that means Silicon Valley Reads 2014 will be too! This year’s theme is close to the heart of any library worker or patron: Books and Technology: Friends or Foes? (my personal feeling is that books and computers should and do have a happy friendship, but there’s much more to say on the topic).
The two books selected for 2014’s program are the non-fiction work The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr and the novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.
The Shallows asks the question "As we enjoy the Internet's bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?"
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore is the story of a laid-off San Francisco Web designer who gets hired for the night shift at the title bookstore, and discovers there is a lot more to the bookstore and its customers than meets the eye.
Many different Silicon Valley Reads 2014 events are scheduled throughout January, February, and March. There will book discussions on both books at various San Jose Public Library branches so be sure to check the event calendar for one near you. The big kick-off event will be on Wednesday, January 22 at the Heritage Theater in Campbell. Both authors will be interviewed on stage by San Jose Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy.
Nicholas Carr will be making numerous appearances at San Jose Public Library branches. Discussion with the Shallows author will include a Q&A session. He will be at: