Pasadena’s One City, One Story 2014!

by Rachel on November 27, 2013


The 2014 selection for Pasadena’s One City, One Story has been announced… it’s  the celebrated
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan!

One City, One Story is an opportunity to unite Pasadena’s readers— a very discerning committee nominates several titles, eventually settling on one book that they feel will appeal to a large audience of diverse book lovers.  City-wide events begin in March, so read it now and join the fun!

Fun Fact: The book cover glows in the dark!!!

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

A Winner of the Alex Award, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle.

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, Robin Sloan’s
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.

Praise & Reviews:

“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.”—NPR

“A jaunty, surprisingly old-fashioned fantasy about the places where old and new ways of accessing knowledge meet…[Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore] cleverly uses the technological age in the service of its fantasy…Sloan’s ultimate answer to the mystery of what keeps people solving Penumbra’s puzzle is worth turning pages to find out.”
—Tess Taylor, San Francisco Chronicle

“Sloan isn’t just exploring new ideas, but laying the groundwork for a new genre of literature. While the influence of Neal Stephenson and William Gibson is present, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is something all its own: a technocratic adventure where every riddle and puzzle is solved with very real gadgets, a humanizing reflection on technology that evokes the tone of a fairy tale, a brisk and brainy story imbued with such confidence that it will leave you with nothing but excitement about the things to come.”—Kevin Nguyen, Grantland

Sounds good?  One City, One Story events will begin in March 2014, with a discussion with the author scheduled for Thursday, March 27.

For more information and future events, call (626) 744-7076 or visit the
One City, One Story website.

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