Summit Reads announces ‘The Shallows’ as the 2015 Community Book |

Summit Reads announces ‘The Shallows’ as the 2015 Community Book

“The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” by Nicholas Carr.
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Summit Reads events

10 a.m. Tuesday, March 10 — Book discussion No. 1, The Next Page Books & Nosh, Frisco

6:30 p .m. Thursday, April 2 — Author presentation, Silverthorne Pavilion

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 — Book discussion No. 2, North Branch Library, Silverthorne

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 — Book discussion No. 3, South Branch Library, Breckenridge

7 p.m. Thursday, May 21 — Panel discussion, South Branch Library’s Hopeful Discovery Room, Breckenridge

The 2015 Summit Reads Community Project returns for a fifth year with events and discussions focused on the book “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” by Nicholas Carr. The series will kick off with a book discussion at The Next Page Books & Nosh on Tuesday, March 10, at 10 a.m.

“Summit Reads continues our focus for the community book choice on topics that interest Summit County residents,” said Joyce Dierauer, Summit Reads member and Summit County Library executive director. “In the past, Summit Reads concentrated on environmental issues. This year, we felt technology was an important topic to our community and ‘The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains’ is the 2015 choice.”

Amazon recognizes Carr as an acclaimed writer on technology and culture. “The Shallows” was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. A New York Times best-seller, the book discusses the personal consequences of Internet and computer use and, more broadly, examines the role that media and other technologies have played in shaping the way people think.

Carr is also the author of the 2008 Wall Street Journal best-seller “The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google,” which ranked No. 4 on Newsweek’s recent list of 50 Books to Read Now, and of the influential 2004 book “Does IT Matter?” Carr’s latest book was “The Glass Cage: Automation and Us,” which hit the New York Times best-seller list upon its release.

In addition to writing books, Carr contributes articles and essays to many newspapers and magazines. He wrote the celebrated and much-anthologized essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” which appeared in The Atlantic, and he has also contributed to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, Wired, Nature, MIT Technology Review and The Guardian. He was formerly the executive editor of the Harvard Business Review and blogs at

“Part intellectual history, part popular science and part cultural criticism, ‘The Shallows’ sparkles with memorable vignettes — Friedrich Nietzsche wrestling with a typewriter, Sigmund Freud dissecting the brains of sea creatures, Nathaniel Hawthorne contemplating the thunderous approach of a steam locomotive — even as it plumbs profound questions about the state of our modern psyche,” reads Carr’s website. “This is a book that will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.”

Summit Reads started in 2011 with the book “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” by Michael Pollan. The following year, the committee chose “The Big Burn” by Timothy Egan, followed by “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis,” by Cynthia Barnett. Last year’s community book was “Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution,” by Auden Schendler.

Copies of this year’s book, “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” are available at Summit County Library for purchase or to check out and at The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco. The Summit County Library, Summit County Rotary, Summit Daily News, Next Page Books & Nosh, town of Silverthorne and Summit School District sponsor Summit Reads.

For more information about Summit Reads, contact the Main Library at 970-668-555. To learn more about the Summit County Library, visit

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