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

To celebrate 10 years of One Book One Community, the committee announces its 2015 selection, a title that honors the long history of the book, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

Clay, an out-of-work graphic designer, finds a job on the night shift at a
San Francisco bookshop which soon leads him and several high tech friends on 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.

The "One Book, One Community" program encourages Marquette County and Northern Michigan University communities to read the same book and come together to discuss it in a variety of settings.

Robin Sloan is a media inventor which means he is interested in content (words, pictures, ideas) and experiments with new formats, new tools, and new technology. He 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, he worked at Poynter, Current TV, and Twitter, and had something to do with figuring out the future of media.


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