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Step into the brave new world of The Circle by Dave Eggers, the 2017 selection for our One Book, One Village community read. Celebrating its fourth year, One Book, One Village invites Arlington Heights to read the same book at the same time and share the experience through discussions and related programs.

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she has been given the opportunity of a lifetime-even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense raising questions about memory, surveillance, privacy, democracy and the intrusions of technology in our lives.


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Dave Eggers grew up near Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His debut, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, was a New York Times bestselling memoir and a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2001. Eggers is the author of ten books including the international bestseller The Circle, Zeitoun, Heroes of the Frontier and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. 

Eggers is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house in San Francisco that produces books, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and a monthly magazine, The Believer.

McSweeney’s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Eggers is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of tutoring centers around the country.
An Evening with Author Dave Eggers
Thursday, October 12, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Forest View Auditorium, 2121 South Goebbert Road
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Join us for an evening with award-winning author Dave Eggers, just a day after he is presented with the Carl Sandburg Literary Award in Chicago. Dave will speak about his work and discuss the themes of The Circle.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and a book signing will follow the presentation. Books available for purchase from The Book Table. 
REGISTER beginning September 1.

Online Book Discussion

Connect with The Circle online. Join our discussion via Facebook to discuss the book from anywhere, anytime, beginning Tuesday, September 12. Join The Circle AHML Book Discussion Group
October 1-November 5 / Marketplace
Inspired by The Circle, this interactive exhibit invites you to reflect on how social media influences us, individually and collectively, and to imagine a utopian society of your own. Write, draw or doodle your ideas on iPads. Check out what others have shared for inspiration and explore related media.
If you liked The Circle you may also like these books and movies:
Read and discuss The Book of Unknown Americans with your own book group, friends or neighbors.
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If registration for this event is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Wait listed registrants are moved to the confirmed registration list (in the order of registration) when cancelations are received. You will receive an email notification if you are moved from the wait list to the confirmed registration list.

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