"The Circle" - By Dave Eggers

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Fall 2015 Book Selection: The Circle by Dave Eggers                        

From Amazon - Best Book of the Month: This novel tackles a modern problem that doesn't always seem like one: our near constant hunger for communication. When Mae Holland takes a job at the Circle, a tech giant with a utopian culture and cult-like following, she quickly loses sight of her friends, family, and sense of self in favor of professional success and social acceptance. As her Circle star rises, Mae succumbs to the corporate code of full disclosure, eventually agreeing to "go transparent" and let the public watch--and comment on--her every move.

About the Author - Dave Eggers is the author of six previous books, including Zeitoun, a nonfiction account of a Syrian-American immigrant and his extraordinary experience during Hurricane Katrina; and What Is the What, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award. That book, about Valentino Achak Deng, a survivor of the civil war in southern Sudan, gave birth to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation dedicated to building secondary schools in southern Sudan. A native of Chicago, Eggers graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.

Lit Lovers, "The Circle" Summary & Discussion Questions

Fall 2015 Events Schedule 

CyberSecurity and SJSU:  Possible Futures  Prof. Dave Schuster, Psychology, Monday, Sept. 28 2015, 1:30 -3:00 pm  MLK Library 225

What are some of the latest advances in countering international hacking? How is SJSU contributing? What will cybersecurity be like in the future—will it be anything like what is depicted in The Circle? Join Prof. Schuster and representatives from Silicon Valley Big Data and Cybersecurity Center for some fascinating answers.

Literary Visions of the Future: Technology, Society, and the Pursuit of Happiness  Prof. Matt Spangler, Communication Studies, Thursday October 8, 2015, 4:00-5:30 pm MLK Library 225

How does The Circle compare to other powerful novels that warn of problematic futures, such as 1984, The Handmaiden’s Tale, or A Clockwork Orange among others? Any particularly pertinent lessons to be learned as it is set right where we live? Join Professor Spangler to hear his reflections and share your responses.

Creating Silicon Valley’s World:  A Conversation with Author Ann Bridges  hosted by Michael Fallon, Director of SJSU Center for Community Learning & Leadership, Wednesday October 28 2015, 4:00-5:30 pm  MLK Library 225

Director Fallon, who is also a Professor in Sociology, will have a conversation with Ann Bridges, the author of Private Offerings (hardback and paperback both available September 15, 2015), about the fast-paced business world of Silicon Valley—in her novel, in Eggers’ novel, and in the reality she has experienced.  Time will be provided for questions, answers, and discussion.

Theatrical Production of The Circle here at SJSU! 
November 19, 20 & 21 7 p.m. at the Hal Todd Studio Theater

You read the novel, now see a cutting-edge stage performance of The Circle here on campus. It is experimental theatre, so be ready to use some apps. (If you don’t click “Like” at the end of this experience, we can’t control what might happen to you…)


Aug. 27, 12-1pm
Sept. 2, 2-3pm
Sept. 8, 12-1pm
Sept. 16, 12-1pm
Sept. 24, 3-4pm
Oct. 1, 1-2pm
Oct. 7, 3-4pm
Oct. 14, 12-1pm
Oct. 26, 11am-12pm
Nov. 5, 12-1pm
Nov. 18, 1-2pm
Dec. 1, 2-3pm

Lunch with Dave Eggers @ MLK Library 225 on Nov. 12, 2015