Pasadena’s 12th One City, One Story community reading celebration book selection is the novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by author Robin Sloan.
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything – instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: and establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.
“Author Robin Sloan has written short stories and worked for Twitter. His new book brings those two worlds together to argue that embracing digital culture doesn't mean you have to give up the treasured books — and values — of the past.” – NPR
Sloan grew up near Detroit and went to school at Michigan State, where he studied economics and co-founded a literary magazine called Oats. Between 2002 and 2012, Sloan worked at Poynter, Current TV and Twitter, and at all those places, his job had something to do with figuring out the future of media.
One City, One Story activities and events will be held in March 2014. A community dialogue with the author is scheduled for Thursday, March 27. Details of book discussion groups, film series, and other events will be announced in the near future.
One City, One Story is designed to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and literature in the community. To engage participants in dialogue and bring Pasadenans together by promoting greater understanding of differing points of view.
For more information visit www.onecityonestory.com or call (626) 744-7076