SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -
Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, trades in the views of San Francisco Bay for a visit to Rowan Public Library.
In a world where technology is rapidly changing and children are being “born digital”, Robin Sloan still appreciates thoughtful and meaningful engagement with the physical world. "When I'm using the Internet, I have 25 tabs open, and even if somebody sends me ... something interesting, odds are … it'll get kind of lost in the shuffle," Sloan told NPR in a 2012 interview. “[I]f I find a book, especially a novel, and I make that decision to kind of sit down with it and start it, I think it gets a kind of attention, a quality of attention that's actually really rare these days."
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is Sloan’s first novel, and is certainly deserving of a rare quality of attention. Set mostly in San Francisco, it is the story of an unemployed designer who finds work in the most unlikely place--a quirky old bookstore with a name he hopes “is not a euphemism for something.” Clay meets and falls in love with Kat, an extremely talented and charismatic character that defies all computer programmer stereotypes. Clay, Kat, and a few friends work together to solve an old world mystery using high-tech, new world technology.
Please join us on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Rowan Public Library Headquarters (Salisbury) to hear Sloan speak about his widely successful first novel. This presentation is part of the 411 Community Read partnership among Cabarrus, Stanly, Davidson, and Rowan Counties. It is supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
For more information about this special event, please visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call 704-216-8229.