A Guide for the Perplexed
Robert Scoble in Conversation with Dara Horn
Dara Horn is one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelist and the winner of two National Jewish Book Awards. Horn is best known for her novel, The World to Come and All Other Nights.
Robert Scoble is a blogger, technical evangelist, and author, and is best known for his blog, Scobleizer. He currently works for Rackspace promoting breakthrough technology and startups. Scoble previously worked for Microsoft and Fast Company and is the author of Naked Conversations.
Book signing provided by Books, Inc to follow lecture.
In partnership with Jewish LearningWorks, Palo Alto JCC, and co-presented with GABA (German American Business Association).
Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an application that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. But in Egypt’s post-revolutionary chaos, Josie is abducted—leaving Judith free to take over Josie’s life at home, including her husband and daughter, while Josie’s talent for preserving memories becomes a surprising test of her empathy and her only means of escape.
A century earlier, another traveler arrives in Egypt: Solomon Schechter, a Cambridge professor hunting for a medieval archive hidden in a Cairo synagogue. Both he and Josie are haunted by the work of the medieval philosopher Moses Maimonides, a doctor and rationalist who sought to reconcile faith and science, destiny and free will. But what Schechter finds, as he tracks down the remnants of a thousand-year-old community’s once-vibrant life, will reveal the power and perils of what Josie’s ingenious work brings into being: a world where nothing is ever forgotten.
An engrossing adventure that intertwines stories from Genesis, medieval philosophy, and the digital frontier, A Guide for the Perplexed is a novel of profound inner meaning and astonishing imagination.
|Date:||Wednesday, April 30|
6:00 - 6:45 PM Welcome Reception
7:00 PM Lecture
Reception: Freidenrich Conference Center
Lecture: Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$8 Members, seniors 65+ & full-time students;
$10 Non-Members in advance