This was a frequent question I challenged audiences with, as I stood behind them during my 21 events in Silicon Valley for Silicon Valley Reads.
Thanks again – it was a great pleasure spending time in Santa Clara county and talking books, both mine and Emmi Iteräntä’s. And thank you to all of the many librarians, teachers, SV organizers and board members who made it possible.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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.
There 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.