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Silicon Valley Reads 2014

Books & Technology: Friends or Foes?

De Anza College joins Silicon Valley Reads in celebrating the 12th anniversary of the program with books and events focused on the theme "Books & Technology: Friends or Foes?"

We invite everyone in the De Anza College community and Silicon Valley to . . .

  • Read one or more of the featured books
  • Attend events — there's something for everyone
  • Engage with others in discussion and share perspectives

More than 100 free events are planned from January to March 2014. See details on the Silicon Valley Reads website.


See below for De Anza hosted events, including a reception for artists in the Euphrat's Deep Reading exhibition and author Robin Sloan on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Featured Books Available on Campus

Both books are available in the Library and scheduled to be on sale in the Bookstore by the end of January.

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to  Our Brains
by Nicholas Carr

What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains The Shallows

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

by Robin Sloan
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore A Novel



De Anza College Participation

Events listed below will be held at De Anza College or include participation of De Anza representatives as part of the Silicon Valley Reads Program.

For a complete list of the Silicon Valley Reads 2014 events and information about the authors and their books, visit the Silicon Valley Reads website.

Date: Feb. 3-March 20
Days and Time:
Monday-Thursday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.,
with an Artists' Books Workshop
Closed Monday, Feb. 18
Location: Euphrat Museum of Art

A reception for the artists and author Robin Sloan will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Deep Reading looks at the intersection of humanity and technology and traditional practices in the digital age. Artworks include one-of-a-kind, small edition, and digital artists' books with computer woven tapestries, paintings, geolocation-based AR (augmented reality), prints, animation and sculpture.

Open to tour groups by appointment. Contact Diana Argabrite at or 408.864.5464.

For more information about the exhibit and artists, including samples of featured artwork, visit the Euphrat Museum of Art website.

Family Album of Silicon ValleyDate: Thursday, Feb. 6
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Visual & Performing Arts Center

Once upon a time, "video poetry" might have meant a film of a poet reading aloud. With today's digital tools and Internet sites such as YouTube and Vimeo providing a world stage, poetry is being taken off the page and transformed into a vibrant new multimedia art form. 

This evening of speakers and videos will discuss the history and evolution of video poetry and showcase some of the best and most unique examples of video poems now available for viewing on the Internet.

The star of the show will be the premiere of a video version of "A Family Album," a poem created by Santa Clara County's inaugural Poet Laureate Nils Peterson that is composed of 100 lines contributed by the public, narrated by members of the Silicon Valley Reads Community Advisory Board, and featuring Silicon Valley images taken by George Sakkestad and Jacqueline Ramseyer, Silicon Valley Community Newspaper staff photographers.  Organizing and emceeing the event is Los Gatos Poet Laureate Erica Goss.

The exhibit "Deep Reading" at the Euphrat Museum of Art will be open for viewing before  the "Off The Page" program, from 7-7:30 p.m.

Moderated by De Anza President Brian Murphy

Date: Sunday, March 30
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Cupertino Community Hall, 20350 Torre Ave., Cupertino

The two featured authors, Nicholas Carr and Robin Sloan, come back together for a conversation about their books and the Silicon Valley Reads experience, moderated by De Anza College President Brian Murphy. Winners of the Cupertino Library Foundation Essay Contest will be announced.  Co-sponsored by Cupertino Library Foundation. For more information, email

All events are free. For a complete list of Silicon Valley Reads 2014 events and information about the authors and their books, visit the Silicon Valley Reads website.

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Last Updated: 3/28/14