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.