Books and Authors: Joe Keohane on "The Power of Strangers"

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Event Details

NOTE: Be sure to include your email address when registering. The Zoom link will be emailed to you on or before the day of the talk.

Joe Keohane, author of The Power of Strangers: The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World (our Conflict Resolution Month title) will discuss his book and answer your questions!

About The Power of Strangers

In our cities, we stand in silence at the pharmacy and in check-out lines at the grocery store, distracted by our phones, barely acknowledging one another, even as rates of loneliness skyrocket. Online, we retreat into ideological silos reinforced by algorithms designed to serve us only familiar ideas and like-minded users. In our politics, we are increasingly consumed by a fear of people we’ve never met. But what if strangers—so often blamed for our most pressing political, social, and personal problems—are actually the solution?

In The Power of Strangers, Joe Keohane sets out on a journey to discover what happens when we bridge the distance between us and people we don’t know. He learns that while we’re wired to sometimes fear, distrust, and even hate strangers, people and societies that have learned to connect with strangers benefit immensely. Digging into a growing body of cutting-edge research on the surprising social and psychological benefits that come from talking to strangers, Keohane finds that even passing interactions can enhance empathy, happiness, and cognitive development, ease loneliness and isolation, and root us in the world, deepening our sense of belonging. And all the while, Keohane gathers practical tips from experts on how to talk to strangers, and tries them out himself in the wild, to awkward, entertaining, and frequently poignant effect.

Warm, witty, erudite, and profound, equal parts sweeping history and self-help journey, this deeply researched book will inspire readers to see everything—from major geopolitical shifts to trips to the corner store—in an entirely new light, showing them that talking to strangers isn’t just a way to live; it’s a way to survive.

About Joe Keohane

Joe says: "Hey. I’m a veteran journalist who has worked as an editor at Medium, Esquire, Entrepreneur, and Hemispheres. My writing—on everything from politics, to travel, to social science, business, and technology—has appeared in New York magazine, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, Wired, Boston magazine, and The New Republic. I also somehow managed to win a  2017 Screenwriter’s Colony fellowship for a comedy television pilot that remains tragically and unjustly unproduced. Born in the Boston area, I currently reside in New York City with my wife and daughter. The Power of Strangers: The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World, is my first book."

More about the program

Be sure to include your email address when registering. When you register with an email address, you'll receive an email with the Zoom link. We'll also send out the link again shortly before the start of the talk. If you have trouble connecting to the Zoom meeting, please call the Library at 970-586-8116 and someone will assist you.

Note that this event will be hosted and administered by a third party organization as part of a larger conference, so no Library or Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership staff will be directly involved with the event's planning or execution.

Conflict Resolution Month program, in partnership with the Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership.

Event Type(s): Books & Authors, Community Conversations
Age Group(s): Adult
Presenter: Joe Keohane
Eric White
(970) 586-8116 ext. 832

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