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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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October 2012

Steven Paley

Lisa Dale


   Steven Paley


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

The world of non-fiction is alive and well and our Invite an Author for October has written a work of non-fiction that got much acclaim from such sources as Choice and PW.

It is my pleasure to present Steve Paley as BCCLS Invite an Author for October 2012.

Steven J. Paley is an inventor, entrepreneur, and teacher with over 25 years experience in business and technology. He served as CEO and chief technical officer of the Texwipe Company, a manufacturer of specialized contamination control products. Paley holds nine US patents and numerous international patents and is a graduate of Stanford University's Product Design program.

Most recently, he founded Arise Technologies, which teaches robotics and engineering to special needs and gifted children. He was inspired to write THE ART OF INVENTION as a guide to teaching creative thinking to his students. For more information about the book, visit

Every year the American Library Association's Choice Reviews selects a limited number of books to be honored as Outstanding Academic Titles for that year. The Art of Invention was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2011.


"This wonderful book is about creativity, invention, and the process details for achieving the end goal. Simplicity, elegance, robustness, and iteration are some of the key ideas."


"The author also focuses on the work of others, exploring inventions from the paper clip to the personal computer in an attempt to demonstrate the creative mental processes that drive innovation. According to Paley, defining the need comes first: "The more specific and well-defined the problem; the clearer the solution," he writes. After the need is defined, a good invention requires a research phase, brainstorming, and a period of time where the subconscious mind works on the problem until it arrives at a clear solution. Then begin refining and testing. Clearly, Paley's system has application to any creative undertaking, and readers across a wide spectrum of occupations and interests will find inspiration."

Publishers Weekly

There is some real potential here for working with your school district on a program with Steven. A non-fiction book talk night might be fun, as well.

I hope you’ll all consider Steven Paley as a possible presenter at your libraries and will contact him at:

Warmest regards (and Go Yanks!),