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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore book cover

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

By Robin Sloan

Clay is an out-of-work graphic designer who finds a job on the night shift at a San Francisco bookshop. Soon after, he and several high tech friends are engaged in a quest to solve a centuries-old mystery involving codes, a medieval typeface, and the search for immortality. Mr. Penumbra’s is a fun and magical book wherein friendship, perseverance, intelligence, imagination and Google optimistically link old and new technology and speak to our desire for permanence in the digital age.

We invite you to join in to read and discuss the book. A number of service, academic and entertainment events are where planned for the fall to further explore "Mr. Penumbra."


About the Author

Robin SloanRobin Sloan is a media inventor, which means he is interested in creating content and then figuring out how it is to be shared. This means he spends times a great amount of time making content, and then experimenting with the new formats, new tools and technology to disperse it. An example of this is his app "Fish".

Sloan grew up in downstate Michigan, near Detroit and attended school at Michigan State. While at college, he studied economics and co-founded the literary magazine Oats. After graduation Sloan worked at Poynter, Current TV, and Twitter "figuring out the future of media". Currently he is the author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.


Praise for Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

"Part love letter to books, part technological meditation, part thrilling adventure, part requiem... Eminently enjoyable, full of warmth and intelligence."
—The New York Times Book Review

"An irresistible page-turning novel."

"One of the most thoughtful and fun reading experiences you're likely to have this year...There's so much largehearted magic in this book."

Read The New York Times Sunday Book Review

Read the NPR Book Review