Silicon Valley Reads, one of the country’s premier community reading programs, has announced that its theme for 2014 will be “Books & Technology: Friends or Foes?,” and I’m thrilled to report that The Shallows is one of the two books that have been selected for the program. The other is Robin Sloan’s novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. Silicon Valley Reads includes dozens of free events at libraries, schools, and other venues throughout Santa Clara County. I’ll be attending as many of those events as possible, including the kick-off program on January 22. If you’re in the area, I hope to have a chance to meet you. I expect the topic will spur some thought-provoking discussions among the Valley’s residents.
SVR will also have a kids’ program related to the general theme, focusing on three books: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce; Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein; and Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr.
A full schedule of events will be posted soon at the SVR website.