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. Our 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 2016 Silicon Valley Reads focuses on climate change and introduces an emerging literary genre, eco-fiction (also called climate fiction), with two outstanding books that speculate about a future with extreme weather. For the first time in its 14-year history, Silicon Valley Reads will host an Author in Residence as well as a Visiting Author as the centerpieces of more than 140 free programs designed to engage the community in dialogue about the potential extreme weather consequences of climate change.
Be sure to visit the
Children's Book page
to see our picks for children.
Hello, and greetings from England.
As I write this, I'm making early preparations for my two-month stay in Silicon Valley and feel like I have been handed a very special gift. I have always wanted to visit California, but when I began writing a story about a drought-ridden future world back in 2008, I could never have predicted that it would eventually become a book –
Memory of Water – and take me there one day.
What makes Silicon Valley Reads particularly exciting for me is the fact that it is about the very core of what I believe makes us human: storytelling, and meetings around it, and the new stories that may grow from those meetings. I look forward to meeting you in 2016. I look forward to experiencing stories together.
Hello Silicon Valley!
As an author, the idea that an entire community might read a story and have this shared history is just incredible. Thank you so much for having me and
My friends tease that I have brought the drought about (which is also severe here in Oregon) by writing this book. If it is my fault, then I do indeed apologize (I suppose there should be comfort in the fact that I am not working on any El Niño stories...). This book is one person’s vision of how resilient and resourceful a community can be when faced with extreme difficulties. For that, I believe, is humankind’s greatest power: Community, and its ability to organize together under a shared vision. I look forward to talking with you about it in 2016.
- Ben Parzybok