Annual program will focus on caregivingand need for community support
The stories of two families that found renewed love and commitment to one another after being thrust into caregiving roles will be the centerpiece of Silicon Valley Reads 2018 and its theme "No Matter What: Caring, Coping, Compassion."
Goodbye, Vitamin is the critically-acclaimed debut novel of Rachel Khong. Through funny and poignant journal postings, a young woman chronicles the year she returned home to help take care of her father after his diagnosis of Alzheimer's.
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward is a powerful memoir by Mark Lukach about a young couple whose marriage is tested by the sudden onset of mental illness. Both spotlight the challenges of caregiving and the importance of community support during tough times.
The annual community engagement program that asks everyone in Silicon Valley to read, think, discuss and share diverse perspectives will kick off on Thursday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., at the Visual and Performing Arts Center at De Anza College in Cupertino where Mercury News columnist Sal Pizarro will interview both authors. Admission is free with open seating on a first come basis. It is co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley and De Anza College.
The community is also invited to arrive early on Feb. 1 for the opening of the "Serving One Another" exhibit at the Euphrat Museum of Art, located adjacent to the theater starting at 6:30 p.m. The museum will remain open for 30 minutes after the kick-off. The exhibit runs through March 22.
Both Khong and Lukach are Bay Area residents and will make multiple appearances in Silicon Valley during February and March. Schedule information about these talks and other Silicon Valley Reads events for all ages will be posted on the website SiliconValleyReads.org in early January.
"Last year, an estimated 43.5 million Americans provided unpaid caregiving (help with daily living activities and/or medical tasks) for a family member or friend," said Nancy Howe, Santa Clara County Librarian and Co-chair of Silicon Valley Reads. "Caregiving is a role that many will experience, often with little warning. We hope that Silicon Valley Reads 2018 will bring caregiving out of the shadows and encourage the community as a whole to help provide an extra set of hands and heart for those who are in crisis and those who are taking care of them."
Silicon Valley Reads 2018 is presented by the
Santa Clara County Library District, the
San José Public Library and the
Santa Clara County Office of Education. Each year, the program collaborates with community organizations to promote reading and literacy and to engage the community in dialogue about themes in a selected book or books that are relevant to Silicon Valley. Events will be scheduled throughout Santa Clara County with activities for all age groups. For more information, visit the website SiliconValleyReads.org
Diane McNutt, Silicon Valley Reads Coordinator