New York Times bestselling author and Wired reporter Steve Silberman will delve into the history of autism as detailed in his book, Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. Is autism a lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? Silberman argues that it is both of these things and more—and that the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Oliver Sacks called Neurotribes a “sweeping and penetrating history…presented with a rare sympathy and sensitivity.” The book won the 2015 Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction, a California Book Award, and a Books for a Better Life award.
Silberman is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in Wired, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, the MIT Technology Review, Nature, Salon, Shambhala Sun, and many other publications. In April 2016, Silberman gave the keynote speech at the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day. He has given talks on the history of autism at Yale, Harvard, MIT, Oxford, the National Academy of Sciences, Queen Mary University, Apple, Microsoft, Google, the 92nd Street Y, Imperial College London, the MIND Institute at UC Davis, and many other major institutions. His TED talk, “The Forgotten History of Autism,” has been viewed more than a million times and translated into 25 languages.
Copies of Neurotribes will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Register online through the library's events page or by calling the library at (330) 653-6658.