In another life, we taught high school English, which is a far tougher crowd than any you'll find at a Raiders game, let us tell you. Trying to get 14-year-olds to care about the Oxford comma is something we're glad we no longer have to lose sleep over.
What we miss about teaching, however, is the excuse to share our love of fantastic books like The Giver, Lois Lowry's dystopian children's novel that won the Newbery Medal, and is paradoxically required reading in some schools and banned in others.
Lowry got a somewhat late start to the novel game, publishing her first book at 40, but has since published more than 30 books and an autobiography. Her latest, Son, is the fourth in The Giver series, and takes us back to the chilling world Lowry first created almost two decades ago, and which still resonates wildly with kids and adults alike (so much that folks in Kansas and Minnesota recently turned The Giver into an opera). A book signing and discussion follows the reading.
Lois Lowry reads on October 9 at 6 p.m. at the San Francisco Main Library (lower level), 100 Larkin (at Grove), S.F. Admission is free.
Here's Lowry talking about The Giver, how she doesn't consider herself a Sci-Fi author, and why her book keeps getting challenged in libraries.