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September 20, 2021

Library “Community Read” conversation set Oct. 6

The author of 12 books, Steven Johnson will discuss “surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes” in the Fauquier County Public Library event Wednesday night, Oct. 6.
The Fauquier Public Library on Oct. 6 will host a virtual discussion with Steven Johnson, author of the bestselling book How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World.

The library’s third “Fauquier Community Read” event will begin at 7 p.m. that Wednesday.

Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes, How We Got to Now explores the history of innovation, tracing facets of modern life from their creation to their unintended consequences. The library expects How We Got to Now, a New York Times bestseller, to spark a community discussion that considers the future by exploring the past.

“Our conversation with Johnson promises a look at a world we generally take for granted with fresh eyes,” Library Director Maria Del Rosso said.

Mr. Johnson has written 12 books, including Enemy of All Mankind, Farsighted, Where Good Ideas Come From, The Ghost Map and his most recent release – Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer.

He is also the host and co-creator of the PBS/BBC series “How We Got to Now,” the podcast American Innovations and PBS/Nutopia series “Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer.”

Hundreds of copies of How We Got to Now are available at all library locations, as well as kits for book clubs. The book’s adaptation for young readers and the PBS/BBC series “How We Got to Now” are also available for checkout.

To register for the virtual conversation with the author, click here or call 540-422-8532.

The library has planned additional programs about topics from How We Got to Now, including a book club discussion and a STEAM program for tweens. For more information, pick up a program guide at any Fauquier Public Library location or click here.

All events are free and open to the public.
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