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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 09/19/2007
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Joins Silicon Valley Reads 2008
Contact : Abby Boyd, Senior Librarian, City of Palo Alto, Library Department    650-329-2644
Palo Alto, CA – The Palo Alto City Library will participate in the county-wide Silicon Valley Reads 2008 program, which promotes reading and literacy and builds a sense of community though discussion among widely diverse readers. Readers throughout Santa Clara County will read the same book, at the same time, and discuss it.

The 2008 program selection is The Distant Land of My Father by Bo Caldwell of Cupertino. The novel, a story of betrayal and reconciliation set in Shanghai on the eve of World War II, chronicles the experiences of an expatriate American couple and their young daughter.

The Palo Alto City Library encourages Palo Altans to read The Distant Land of My Father before February 2008, when events based on the novel will be presented, including a program with author Bo Caldwell, performances by the Red Panda Acrobats and the Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra, as well as many book discussions. The Library has many copies of the book to loan. 

As a special incentive to encourage reading and discussion, a limited number of kits and copies of the novel are available to Palo Alto book groups at no charge. To reserve a kit for your book group email or call the Library’s central phone number at 650-329-2436 and select the option for the Reference Desk.

This is the sixth year of the Silicon Valley Reads program, which is co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the Santa Clara County Library and the San Jose Public Library Foundation. Visit for more information about Silicon Valley Reads and this year’s selection. The Friends of the Palo Alto Library has generously provided funding for the programs.