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Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore

by Robin Sloane


BOOK DESCRIPTION: The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco webdesign drone -- and serendipity sheer curiosity and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new job working the night shift at Mr Penumbra's 24Hour Bookstore After just a few days on the job Clay finds that this store is even more curious than the name suggests There are only a few customers but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything instead "checking out" impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store The store must be a front for something larger Clay concludes and soon he's embarked on a complex analysis of the customers' behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what's going on With irresistible brio Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twentyfirst century Mr Penumbra's 24Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like an establishment you have to enter and never want to leave.



We'll add more events to this grid as they're finalized.


  Ten Books and a Beer - Kick off event celebrating the tenth year of OBOC. Talk about your favorite books and hoist a glass. ORE DOCK BREWING COMPANY

7:00 p.m.

10/6   Book Discussion - Peter White Public Library, 7 p.m. Open to the public.

 Movie: Her at PWPL, Community Room 7:00 p.m.

Set in a near future Los Angeles, Her follows Theodore Twombly, a lonely writer who develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system designed to meet his every need. Directed by Spike Jonze, and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Scarlett Johansson. 


  24-Hour Digital Resources @ Your Library - 7:00-8:30 Peter White Public Library Computer Lab

Learn how to access & use the many digital resources available via your local library, including digital & audio books. The featured programs include Mango, Overdrive, Genealogy, MEL, &  Zinio.


  Miss Schulz's 24-Hour Bookstore - SNOWBOUND will be open for 24 HOURS! We'll have munchies and games and all sorts of stuff to keep us going all night. PJs are acceptable attire.

  • MEET AUTHOR ROBIN SLOAN: He has generously agreed to come in for a signing from 1:00-2:00 a.m. (yes, you read that right). Be the first in town to meet him & avoid the huge line at NMU Tuesday night.
  • Book  discussion Monday the 19th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Midnight - 6:00 a.m. - "Way Back" Sale: 10% off used books from the back room.
  • In the wee hours: Quiddler tournaments (a very fun word card game), contribute to the art collage in the bathroom, and whatever else we can think of to stay awake.
  • 6:00a.m. - 8:00 - Early Bird Special: Take an extra 10% off a new book

  Two Author Appearances at NMU  - JAMRICH HALL (Room 1100).

  • 2:00 p.m. - Presentation/Q&A for Students (community members are also welcome)
  • 7:00 p.m. - Presentation, Q&A, Book Signing


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ISBN: 9781250037756
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador USA - September 24th, 2013