Presented by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the Santa Clara County Library and the San Jose Public Library Foundation, Silicon Valley Reads is designed to promote reading and literacy, broaden the exposure to and appreciation of good literature, and build community.
I've read one of the two books so far, When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka. The other book chosen is The Souvenir by Louise Steinman. Both present perspectives on the effects of World War II on California families. There are study guides available too.
I don't think I'm going to be able to actually make any of the events again this year which is too bad. Unfortunately I'm working tomorrow when there's a big event right down the street from me. But if you're local, check out the event list and participate! I love the idea of the whole community reading the same books and discussing them!