The public is invited to hear author Robin Sloan talk about his book, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore with Pasadena Public Library Director Jan Sanders beginning at 7 pm, Thursday, March 27, at All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., as part of Pasadena’s One City, One Story community reading program.
This year’s One City, One Story featured choice, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is quite a tale. It revolves around a young man who is out of work, begins to staff the midnight-to-8-am shift at this fantastical bookstore and ends up possibly dealing with immortality. Oh, and yes, there’s a secret code to break (shades of The DaVinci Code?) and an insider’s look at technology via the folks at Google! There’s something for everyone and what a ride!
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore was a 2013 Alex Award winner; a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction; named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, the Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle.
Sloan grew up near Detroit and went to school at Michigan State, where he studied economics and co-founded a literary magazine called Oats. From 2002 and 2012, Sloan worked at Poynter, Current TV and Twitter.
Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is available for check-out at all Pasadena public libraries and for sale at local bookstores. Don’t forget to check out the special exhibit in the Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., celebrating 12 years of the One City, One Story program, on display through March 31.
Additional free community discussions on the book will be held at Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Drive, 11 am, Monday, March 24; Hill Avenue Branch Library, 55 S. Hill Ave., 3:30 pm, Wednesday, March 26; and Linda Vista Branch Library, 1281 Bryant St., 11 am, Saturday, March 29.
For more information on One City, One Story visit www.onecityonestory.com