The works of James Joyce are the same whether published in print or pixels. But the question remains: does the Joyce devotee read the same way on page as on screen?
Cultural critic Neil Postman said, Technology always has unforeseen consequences and it is not always clear, at the beginning, who or what will win, and who or what will lose.
In what ways do e-books serve or change the act of reading? As reading becomes a predominantly digital experience, what effects might this have on writing and on the interaction with information overall?
This is the focus of From Print to Pixels: The Act of Reading in the Digital Age, a free conversation with author Mark Cunningham on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. at the Canby Public Library, 292 N. Holly Street.
Cunningham is the author of two historical novels: The Green Age of Asher Witherow, which was a No. 1 Book Sense Pick from the American Booksellers Association, and Lost Son, based on the life and work of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke.
He writes occasional book reviews and cultural commentary for the Oregonian and his work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Tin House, The New York Times and numerous other publications.
Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future.
For more information about this free community discussion, check the website at www.canbylibrary.org.