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Silicon Valley Reads Kickoff


7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC)

Silicon Valley Reads Kickoff

De Anza College will host the Jan. 26 kickoff for the 2023 Silicon Valley Reads campaign, with an on-campus event featuring three authors whose work aligns with the theme of “Journey to New Beginnings.”

For the community reading campaign's 20th anniversary, organizers said they selected a theme to reflect the community’s readiness to move forward after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 7 p.m. kickoff event will be held in person at De Anza’s Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) and simultaneously livestreamed by the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley. UPDATE: All in-person seats are now taken, but you can still watch the event via livestream.

Admission is free and advance registration is required.

Those attending in person can also view a related exhibition in the adjoining Euphrat Museum of Art, which will be open from 6-7 p.m. and after the program until 9 p.m. The exhibit, "Spaces of Belonging," features art and poetry by five local artists who have been instrumental in creating "spaces of belonging" and inspiring new beginnings.

During the kickoff event, Mercury News columnist Sal Pizarro will moderate a conversation with this year’s featured authors:

Tommy Orange's award-winning novel “There There” follows a dozen characters from Native American communities, exploring their interconnected experiences and heritage as they travel to the Big Oakland Powwow.

Amanda Skenandore
based “The Second Life of Mirielle West” on the true story of the only leper colony in the continental United States, where thousands of people were forcibly quarantined for most of the 20th century.

Kai Harris
wrote the coming-of-age novel, “What the Fireflies Know,” about 11-year-old Kenyatta Bernice and her sister, Nia, who are sent to live with their estranged grandfather after their father dies of a drug overdose.

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