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At Home with Literati: Simon Stephenson

We're pleased to welcome Simon Stephenson to our At Home with Literati Series of virtual events as he launches his novel Set My Heart to Five. He'll be in conversation with Library Director and member of Great Michigan Read committee for the Michigan Humanities Council, Cathleen Russ.

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About the book: Jared works as a dentist in small-town Michigan. His life is totally normal, except for one thing. He is a bot engineered with human DNA to look and act like a real person.

One day at a screening of a classic movie, Jared feels a strange sensation around his eyes. Everyone knows that bots can't feel emotions, but as the theater lights come on, Jared is almost certain he's crying. Confused, he decides to watch more old movies to figure out what's happening. The process leads to an emotional awakening that upends his existence. Jared, it turns out, can feel.

Overcome with a full range of emotions, and facing an imminent reset, Jared heads west, determined to forge real connections. He yearns to find his mother, the programmer who created him. He dreams of writing a screenplay that will change the world. Along the way, he might even fall in love. But a bot with feelings is a dangerous proposition, and Jared's new life could come to an end before it truly begins.

Delectably entertaining and deceptively moving, Set My Heart to Five is a profound exploration of what makes us human and a love letter to outsiders everywhere.

Simon Stephenson is a former Pixar screenwriter and an author based in Los Angeles.

Cathleen Russ is the president of the Metro Detroit Book & Author Society and a member of the Michigan Humanities Council’s Great Michigan Read Committee. Cathy also leads several area book discussion groups, and loves connecting people and books. She has been the director of the Troy Public Library for the last 13 years.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781335551207
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hanover Square Press - September 1st, 2020