May 092012

If you enjoy well-informed, interesting discussion around the future of the book, then you will not want to miss Sherman Young speaking in Perth on 23 May at the City of Melville for National Year of Reading  during Library and Information Week. This is courtesy of the Cities of Fremantle, Melville and Rockingham.

Young is author of   The Book is Dead (Long Live the Book ) , published in 2007. There are interesting ongoing updates on the topic in the book’s companion blog, The Book is Dead . I heard Young speak at the Web 2.0: Beyond the Hype Symposium in Brisbane in January 2008. He had a very wide knowledge of the history of the book and very clearly explained his point of view and backed any assertions that he made in ways that made sense. What I really liked, though, was that listening to him raised a number of questions that I wanted to go away and think about.

I hope that he still has that effect, as I have been invited to be on the panel that follows Young’s talk, along with the charming and articulate polymath Grant Stone and James Lush from ABC Perth.

I would love to see some familiar faces there – not just because it feels good, but because I really expect it to be a stimulating evening of learning. Bookings through the City of Melville on 9364 0115.

Here is a copy of the flyer:

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