Silicon Valley Reads’ 2013 selections examine the effects of war
By Sal Pizarro

Silicon Valley Reads, the program that asks Santa Clara County residents to read and discuss the same books, has selected a pair of thought-provoking books about the unseen effects of war for 2013.

“The Long Walk” by Brian Castner and “Minefields of the Heart” by Sue Diaz will be the focus of dozens of free programs next year, starting with a Jan. 30 kickoff at the Campbell Heritage Theater featuring both authors. A list of events will be posted at by the end of the year.

“We looked at several themes and considered more than 60 books, but these two books stood out,” said Diane McNutt, who’s been the Silicon Valley Reads coordinator for 10 of its 11 years. “Both are beautifully written, and their different perspectives — one from the viewpoint of an individual who served in combat and one by a family member who waited at home — complement each other and tell a powerful story of the long lasting effects of war.”

This isn’t the first time that Silicon Valley Reads — a collaboration among the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the San Jose Public Library Foundation and the Santa Clara County Library District — has tackled a heavy topic. The 2012 books examined the experience of being Muslim and American.