Since its inception in 2003, Silicon Valley Reads has grown from a one-book, one-community program into a multifaceted program centered around a specific theme, with three featured books for adults and four selections for children.
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Silicon Valley Reads is holding more than 150 free events throughout Santa Clara County, both in person and online, relating to the theme “Journey to New Beginnings.” The kickoff is set for Thursday, Jan. 26, with an in-person and livestreamed event including featured authors Tommy Orange, Amanda Skenandore and Kai Harris at the Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater at De Anza College in Cupertino.
The Euphrat Museum of Art at De Anza College will be open before and after the kickoff event for visitors to view “Spaces of Belonging,” an exhibit presented in conjunction with Silicon Valley Reads 2023.
Orange’s novel “There There” follows 12 characters from Native American communities who are all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow and are all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. In Skenandore’s “The Second Life of Mirielle West,” the glamorous world of a silent film star’s wife abruptly crumbles when she is detained at the Carville Lepers Home in Louisiana. “What the Fireflies Knew” by Harris follows 11-year-old Kenyatta Bernice, or KB, and her teenage sister Nia as they are sent to live with their estranged grandfather after the death of their father and the loss of their home.
Other events will take place through March in partnership with schools, libraries and community organizations, including author visits, book discussions, classes and workshops around topics like yoga, meditation, dance, finances, photography, tidying up and resources to help people begin their own journey to new beginnings.
The Campbell Express Library, 1 W. Campbell Ave., is hosting a screening of the documentary “Daughter of a Lost Bird” on March 14 at 7 p.m. The 2020 film follows Kendra, an adult Native adoptee, as she reconnects with her birth family, discovers her Lummi heritage and confronts issues of her own identity. Her singular story represents many affected by the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Indian Adoption Project.
The screening is free and requires advanced registration. Registration opens Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 9 a.m.
Silicon Valley Reads is presented by the Santa Clara County Library District, the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the San Jose Public Library. For complete event listings, visit www.siliconvalleyreads.org/events.