Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community program that selects books focused on a contemporary theme and offers free events throughout Santa Clara County to engage the public in reading, thinking and discussing the topic. The goals are to encourage the love of reading and learning and to have a welcoming forum where our diverse community can come together to share different perspectives.
In 2020, Silicon Valley Reads focuses on “Women Making It Happen.” In recognition of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S., Silicon Valley Reads 2020 will celebrate the achievements and relentless perseverance of women as the focus of the annual community engagement program that offers events and activities for all ages throughout Santa Clara County.
Silicon Valley Reads is presented by San José Public Library, Santa Clara County Library District, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
2020 Featured Books
The selected titles are Alpha Girls by Julian Guthrie and The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung. In Alpha Girls, award-winning journalist Julian Guthrie tracks the careers and personal lives of four entreprenuial women in the Silicon Valley capital community. In the Tenth Muse, novelist Catherine Chung tells the story of a 20th century genius mathematician determined to solve the famous Riemann hypothesis problem, despite the discrimination she faces as a woman. The authors will be making appearances throughout Silicon Valley February and March, including stops at various San José Public Library locations.
There are also three companion books for children: The Most Magnificent Thing, a picture book by Ashley Spires, and two books from author Tanya Lee stone, Who Says Women Can’t Be Computer Programmers: The Story of Ada Lovelace and Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream. All three are fun books to educate and inspire pre-readers and K-8 students.
Library and Community Events
Silicon Valley Reads 2020 kicks off with an event on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:30 pm at the Visual and Performing Arts Center at De Anza College in Cupertino. Author Julian Guthrie will join the four “Alpha Girls” features in her book – Mary Jane Elmore, Theresa Gouw, Sonja Hoel Perkins, and Magdalena Yesil – in a panel discussion moderated by San Jose Mercury News columnist Sal Pizarro.
Over 100 events throughout the county will follow throughout late January, February, March, and April.
San Jose Public libraries are also hosting a number of film screenings, children’s activities and crafts, and more.
I am not aware of any pre-existing discussion questions specific to The Tenth Muse. I did ask some others who are discussing The Tenth Muse, and one person mentioned to me that they used the generic discussion questions available on bookriot.com: https://bookriot.com/2017/08/21/book-club-discussion-questions/. Hope this is helpful to you!