Growing up as an introvert, Susan Cain was constantly being pushed toward extroversion. “As I got older, I started realizing that so many of the people I admire, both in my own personal life and also some of my historical heroes from Charles Darwin to Dr. Seuss, they were introverts also,” says Cain. “And that they accomplished what they did not in spite of who they were, but because of who they were.”
Her New York Times bestselling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, and popular TED2012 talk on the same subject delve into what Cain refers to as Western society’s “Extrovert Ideal” and the ways cultural institutions like schools and workplaces are not designed so the introvert can thrive, instead focusing on group work, rewarding assertiveness and allowing little time for introspection and solitude. Quiet examines this trend and offers ways for society to accept introverts for who they are — and for society to benefit from the unique sensitivity and creativity that introverts possess.
Cain will be at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, to discuss and sign her book at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Free, numbered tickets for the book-signing line will be available starting at 6:30 p.m., and seating is first come, first served. For more information, visit www.tatteredcover.com and www.thepowerofintroverts.com.
Mon., Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., 2013