Susan Cain (Photo credit Aaron Fedor)
Susan Cain (Photo credit Aaron Fedor)

Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

You've seen her TED Talk. You've read about her book in The New York Times. You've heard your colleagues discussing The Rise of the New Groupthink. Now she's coming to Darien Library!

Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking will be our featured speaker on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

Did you know that nearly half of Americans are introverts? If you’re not an introvert yourself, you are surely raising, managing, married, or related to one. Cerebral, quiet, perceptive to nuance, and emotionally complex, introverts are often discounted or undervalued. Yet many of the greatest achievers of the twentieth century have been introverts: Eleanor Roosevelt, George Orwell, Rosa Parks, Marcel Proust, Warren Buffett, Larry Page, and Mahatma Gandhi, to name just a few. Without introverts, the world would have missed out on the Apple computer, the theory of relativity, van Gogh’s sunflowers, and The Cat in the Hat.

A self-proclaimed introvert, author Susan Cain, a former Wall Street attorney, challenges what she calls the Extrovert Ideal in Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Our culture, she argues, overvalues the alpha personality—gregarious and highly verbal—while ignoring the subtler strengths of the introvert, such as reflectiveness, persistence, and sensitivity. Based on five years of research, Cain explores the physiological aspects and psychological advantages of being an introvert.

Praise for Quiet

“An intriguing and potentially life-altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike.” —Kirkus (starred review)

“Cain gives excellent portraits of a number of introverts and shatters misconceptions. Cain consistently holds the reader’s interest by presenting individual profiles, looking at places dominated by extroverts (Harvard Business School) and introverts (a West Coast retreat center), and reporting on the latest studies. Her diligence, research, and passion for this important topic have richly paid off.” —Publishers Weekly

“This is an intelligent and often surprising look at what makes us who we are.” —Booklist

All author programs will feature a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at each event.

Save the dates for our Spring Author Series!

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).