This June, the Diane Rehm Book Club will discuss “Klara and the Sun” by Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro. The novel is set in a not-too-distant future where a young child must be schooled at home without classmates because of fragile health. Her family purchases an Artificial Friend to help her deal with loneliness. Told through the eyes of Klara, the humanoid companion, readers confront questions about technology and human connection, lessons that feel particularly resonant after the pandemic pushed children into remote schooling and so many of us to replace face-to-face interaction with virtual connections.
Join Diane Rehm and a panel of guests on Wednesday, June 23, at 1 p.m. ET for an in-depth conversation about love, family and what it means to be human.
Diane will be joined by Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air and The Nicky and Jamie Grant distinguished professor of the practice in literary criticism at Georgetown University; Rumaan Alam, author of three novels including The New York times bestseller, “Leave the World Behind” and contributing editor at the New Republic; and Dr. Kate Darling, research specialist at the MIT Media Lab and author of “The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots.”