I was in the middle of reading Nicholas Carr's disturbing study of just what the Internet is doing to our minds, our attention spans and our desires to read good books, when all the buzz about wearable technology started bubbling up at the Consumer Electronics Show.

I should have read "The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains" years ago, but as Carr points out: Who reads books anymore? Anyway, the timing couldn't have been better, because it got me thinking about just how tethered I am to my smartphone and how horrible I think it would be to be even more tethered to the Internet through always-on glasses or wristwatches.

I'll be interviewing Carr and Robin Sloan, author of "Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore," on stage at the Campbell Heritage Theater in Campbell at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22. Our chat will kick off two months of events, including author talks, films, art exhibits and group discussions among other activities. For a full list and schedule, see www.siliconvalleyreads.org.

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