To register for the event, go to mountainview.libcal.com/event/8366408. Zoom invitations will be sent 24 hours before the event.
CREATIVITY BOOST ...
Roger von Oech, a Woodside author and toy-maker whose focus has been on the study of creativity, released his newest book this month. "The Creative Contrarian: 20 Wise Fool Strategies to Boost Creativity and Curb Groupthink" is for people who like to "think differently," and for those looking for ways to hone their creative edge, according to von Oech.
The book provides practical tips to help readers develop a "how-else-can-I-look-at-this?" attitude.
Using a fun and engaging style, von Oech presents 20 "Wise Fool" Strategies to boost creativity, including "Use your forgettery," "Flex your risk muscle," "Drop what's obsolete," "Laugh at it," and "Reverse your perspective."
Von Oech earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University in the self-created interdisciplinary program "History of Ideas." He has provided creativity consulting for companies such as Apple, IBM, Disney, Sony and Intel.
"The Creative Contrarian" is available at local bookstores.
ANIMAL FACTS ...
A staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992, Susan Orlean has written with wit and endless curiosity about subjects ranging from umbrella inventors to origami artists, from the figure skater Tonya Harding to treadmill desks, gospel choirs and taxidermy. She is the author of "Rin Tin Tin," "The Orchid Thief,"and "The Library Book," in which Orlean reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history. Her new book, "On Animals," is a collection of Orlean's lifetime of explorations of the creatures she finds most fascinating. They range from stories about lions to tigers to panda bears and beyond; profiles of dogs and donkeys; meditations on what it's like to raise chickens and care for whales; stories about animals that star in movies, animals that go to war, and animals that are celebrated for being beautiful.
Orlean will talk about her new book during a virtual author event on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m.
For more information, go to booksinc.
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