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Silicon Valley III, return of Ben

I’m heading back to Silicon Valley for another week of events. If you’re at any of the following, please say hello. It’s possible I will deputize you as a Sherwood Nation-ite and provide you a badge.

Sherwood Nation patch

In addition to high schools, I’ll be doing the following:

March 7 –  The Tech Museum – 6 – 7:30pm: “Could it happen here?” Panel with
• Dr. Brian Green, Assistant Director, Campus Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Assistant Director of Engineering, Santa Clara University
• Jim Fiedler, Chief Operating Officer, Water Utility, Santa Clara Valley Water District
• Moderated by Barbara Marshman, Editorial Page Editor, San Jose Mercury News

March 8 – Santa Clara County Office of Education – 10 – 11:30 –  “Chance of Rain: The impact of climate change in our lives”  followed by a signing until 11:30 a.m. Books will be available for purchase.

March 8 – West Valley Branch Library – 4pm

March 8 –  Morgan Hill Library – 7pm

March 9 – Pearl Avenue Branch Library – 5:30pm

March 10 –  Evergreen Valley College, Montgomery Hall – 2pm

March 10 –  Tully Community Branch Library – 5:30pm

Also: The Silicon Valley Reads kick-off video is out, in case you’re curious.

As well as my on-stage discussion with Dr. John Farnsworth at Santa Clara University

Have a great week.



Sherwood Nation events, reader’s guide, etc.

Silicon Valley is treating me well. Here’s a general newsy update:

The interview with Santa Clara University’s John Farnsworth was awesome. Afterward science librarian (and more) Shannon Kealey  showed us the library’s Automatic Retrieval System.

West Valley College’s Maryanne Mills played the Sherwood Nation soundtrack as the audience filed in. And they had printed out the reader’s guide, which I’d completely forgotten about. I keep wishing I had a picture on hand of ‘Gato-ing’, which the reader’s guide has. Download the Sherwood Nation Reader’s Guide here. Lenore Harris was an excellent interviewer.

At Milpitas Library I had my first experience of presenting to a group which had all (or at least, nearly) read the book already. The discussion was far-ranged and much deeper because of it.

Speaking of libraries, this list of holds and availability for the book is pretty much the funnest thing an author can see… if you can’t reserve a copy, the Recycle Bookstore in Campbell has copies, as do many others in the valley. And there’s always online.

I have a lot of people to thank on an ongoing basis here, for rides and assistance and introductions, and I’m sure I’ll lose track of some. But thanks to Jack Lucas (a former mayor and one  of the Silicon Valley Reads  board members, selfie below), Tyre, and Chris Brown.

Jack Lucas and I, taking the scenic route back to Campbell, CA

Silicon Valley Reads kick-off on KLIV 1590, other formats

The kick-off event for the Silicon Valley Reads program with Emmi Iteräntä and I was recorded by the Common Wealth Club. If you’re in the Silicon Valley area, it will play tonight at 7pm  on KLIV AM 1590 

Alternately, you can listen to it at your leisure on the Common Wealth Club’s podcast (a podcast I recommend highly) – January 28 show.

Or on the Common Wealth Club’s website.

Emmi, Sal Pizarro, and I had a really great time doing this show — I hope you enjoy it.

Sherwood Nation selected for Silicon Valley Reads 2016

I am really excited to reveal this bit of news that I’ve been holding onto. Sherwood Nation will be Silicon Valley’s 2016 community reads book, along with Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta. Hooray!

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In all, I’ll be visiting the Silicon Valley (San Jose, Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto, etc!) for a total of between twelve and twenty events in 2016. The first will be the Silicon Valley Reads kick-off on January 26th. Here is info on the kick-off.

iu-2There is something so weirdly ironic about posting this news from here, deep in the Oregon desert  at a two week writing residency where internet is as scarce as water. I’m researching a book about archaeology, in which the height of technology is the Clovis point.  And a fearsome, game-changing technology it was, thirteen thousand years ago. I also find it interesting that after a career in tech, my first visit to the Silicon Valley will be for literature, to talk about a book that, because of the collapse, is essentially devoid of digital technology.

At any rate, I can’t wait, and I look forward to talking about the book with all those new readers.