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Silicon Valley Reads 2015

Homeland & Home: The Immigrant Experience

De Anza College joins Silicon Valley Reads in celebrating the 13th anniversary of the program with books and events focused on the theme "Homeland & Home: The Immigrant Experience."

We invite everyone in the De Anza College community and Silicon Valley to . . .

  • Read one or more of the featured books
  • Attend events — there's something for everyone
  • Engage with others in discussion and share perspectives

The 2015 Kick Off Event is Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Theater in Campbell. No ticket reservations are required. First come, first seated.


More than 100 free events are planned from February to March 2015. Visit the Silicon Valley Reads event listing for details on all events, including many for children and families.


See De Anza hosted events below, including a reception for artists in the Euphrat's Mooncakes, Churros, and Cherry Pie exhibition.

Featured Books Available on Campus

The three books featured this year are available in the Library and scheduled to be on sale in the Bookstore by the first week of February. Visit the Silicon Valley Reads 2015 selections page to read more about the authors and their work.

We Need New Names

by NoViolet Bulawayo

We Need New Name by NoViolet Bulawayo

The Book of Unknown Americans
by Cristina Henriquez
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez


Stealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir
by Bich Minh Nguyen
Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen

De Anza College Participation

Events listed below will be held at De Anza College or include participation of De Anza representatives as part of the Silicon Valley Reads Program.

Date: Feb. 2-March 19Pinoy pupusas Chinese Mexican Food Soule Korea BBG
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

A reception for the artists will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m, with a special performance by Akoma Arts African Drum and Dance troupe.

Open Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. for a free workshop, 

“Soul Food: Art, Culture and Memory." Learn to make miniature food sculptures inspired by personal/cultural food memories. Drop in for ongoing activities and refreshments located in the Euphrat Museum of Art.

Mooncakes, Churros, and Cherry Pie explores the connections between food, migration, and culture.  Themes include food as a form of identity, the U.S. food industry and migrant/immigrant labor, and food traditions and memories. Artworks include neon, glass, and cardboard sculptures, photography, paintings, mixed media, textiles and more.

Open to tour groups by appointment. Contact Diana Argabrite at or 408.864.5464.

For more information about the exhibit and artists, including samples of featured artwork, visit the Euphrat Museum of Art website.

Moderated by De Anza President Brian Murphy

Date: Saturday, March 28
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Cupertino Community Hall, 20350 Torre Ave., Cupertino

The three featured authors, NoViolet Bulawayo, Cristina Henríquez and Bich Minh Nguyen, come back together for a conversation about their books and the Silicon Valley Reads experience, moderated by De Anza College President Brian Murphy. Winners of the Cupertino Library Foundation Essay Contest will be announced. Co-sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation. For more information, email

All events are free. For a complete list of Silicon Valley Reads 2015 events and information about the authors and their books, visit the Silicon Valley Reads website.

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Last Updated: 2/17/15