Author Event: Clive Thompson

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Author Clive Thompson, a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired, will speak at 7 p.m. this Friday, September 26, at the Main Library at Goodwood. This is the Library’s first “after hours” event, and we will kick it off with a festive rebio-cliveception (on the third-floor terrace garden if the weather is good) beginning at 6 pm. His new book is Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better. It’s the perfect choice to help us celebrate 75 years of evolving Library services.

As a child growing up in Toronto in the 1970s and ’80s, Thompson became fascinated with the first “home computers”, the ones you plugged into your TV, like the Commodore 64, and programmed using BASIC. When he became a magazine writer in the 1990s, smarter-than-you-thinkthe Internet erupted into the mainstream, and he began reporting on how digital tools — everything from email to digital photography to instant messaging — was changing society.

Today, Thompson is one of the most prominent technology writers, respected for his long-form magazine stories that go beyond the headlines and harness the insights of science, literature, history, and philosophy. He specializes in writing not only on the inventors of technologies but on the often unpredictable ways in which everyday people use them. Thompson also writes for Mother Jones and Smithsonian magazines.

Banned Books Week 2014

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banned-books-week-2014September 21-27 is Banned Books Week! It’s a celebration of the freedom to read under the protection of the First Amendment. Visit our Banned Books Week InfoGuide.

Find out more about banned books on the American Library Association site (ALA) and the Banned Books Week site. You can participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out by creating videos on the virtues of the freedom to read. They will be featured on a dedicated YouTube channel.

According to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, these were the most challenged books of 2013. How many have you read?

1) Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

2) The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group

3) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

4) Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

5) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

6) A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

7) Looking for Alaska by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

9) Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

10) Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

True Crime Book Club

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Join us Wednesday, September 24, at 7 p.m. for the first meeting of the True Crime Book Club! We’ll be meeting each month at the Main Library at Goodwood for a discussion of, you guessed it, a true crime book. Next week’s selection is a classic in American crime writing, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. For those who like to plan ahead, the October meeting will actually be an exciting author event instead of a book discussion (stay tuned for details). We hope to see you next Wednesday!

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Chinese Book Club

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We’re starting a new book club this month! The first meeting of the 中文读书会 – Chinese Book Club is next Thursday, August 28, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood. We’ll be discussing two novels by famed Chinese writer Ailing Zhang (张爱玲): 倾城之恋 (Qing Cheng Zhi Lian) and 半生缘 (Ban Sheng Yuan).

The books we’ll be reading this year will be in both Chinese Simplified and Traditional characters to include people from different Chinese-speaking areas.

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