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Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan PLUS Festive Nibbles

  • The Star & Garter

    4-6 Warwick Street CV32 5LL, Leamington Spa (map)

    52.291766 -1.541930

  • Price: GBP2.00 /per person

    Refund policy

  • Thanks to Caroline for hosting the November book club - great to get a chance to quiz the author along with discussing the book!

    As it's Christmas next month we thought we'd have some festive nibbles so please do RSVP to the event and keep it up to date so that we know how many to cater for!

    We can look forward to seeing you there :)

    Before we meet, feel free to post questions in the group. We have lovely members who help the group run smoothly and will be happy to answer.

    Meet by the bar at 7:30 for discussion start at 8pm and voting for our next book from a list of nominations from our members.

    How to nominate a book:

    For nominations for our read next month please come along to the meetup and suggest them in person at the meeting.

    Here’s a guide to what makes a helpful nomination:

    1. A brief overview and why you think it would make a good book for us to discuss.

    2. Ideally suggestions should be available in paperback (for affordability)

    3. Word count not too long or too short (300 pages seem to work best, those creeping towards 400 struggle to be read in a month) and

    4. Of a decent standard of literature (make your own judgment about that one) :)

    If you nominate the book you will then be invited to chair the meeting (informal) .... or provide some questions that we can use to get the discussion going.

    This month's choice is: Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Paperback by Robin Sloan and nominated by Edward (who seems to like hosting a lot...!)

    Book Description 

    Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a Web-design drone and serendipity coupled with sheer curiosity has landed him a new job working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. And it doesn't take long for Clay to realize that the quiet, dusty book emporium is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few fanatically committed customers, but they never seem to actually buy anything, instead they simply borrow impossibly obscure volumes perched on dangerously high shelves, all according to some elaborate arrangement with the eccentric proprietor. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he has plugged in his laptop, roped in his friends (and a cute girl who works for Google) and embarked on a high-tech analysis of the customers' behaviour. What they discover is an ancient secret that can only be solved by modern means, and a global-conspiracy guarded by Mr. Penumbra himself...who has mysteriously disappeared.

    About the Author 

    Robin Sloan grew up near Detroit and has worked at Poynter, Current TV and Twitter in jobs that have generally had 'something to do with figuring out the future of media'. He has previously published short fiction in Kindle-only editions (Mr Penumbra started out as a 6000-word ebook). He lives in San Francisco. www.robinsloan.com / @robinsloan

    Reviews

    'A rollicking neo-Borgesian tale... an ode to the beauty of dead-tree books' - New York Times

    'Delightful... The protagonist is a tech nerd, but he's also a book nerd, so both those who crave shiny new technologies and those who relish the scent of paper will find room in these pages... Smart, hip and witty' - Washington Post  

    'Irresistible' - Newsweek  

    'The pages swell with Mr Sloan's nerdy affection and youthful enthusiasm for both tangible books and new media... [but] the ties that bind the story are friendship and vitality for life. This is a clever and whimsical tale with a big heart' - --The Economist

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  • melanie

    Hi will be coming along as my first visit , hope ok, happy to contribute to whatever .

    12h ago

  • Emma B.

    Edward, you're a glutton for punishment! Just wondering what the plan is for nibbles? Are we all bringing things? Or bringing extra cash to contribute? I'm happy to do either! :-)

    November 20

  • Emily M.

    Haven't actually been to this in what, 5 months? Love love love Mr Penumbra's though so I'm in!

    November 19

  • Rachel H.

    Loving the book but unfortunately can't make the group again. Work Christmas meal - 3 that week!

    November 16

  • Sandra P.

    Chuffed I see my only ever nomination make the cut this month :-). See you all next month for book natter & Xmas nibbles!

    1 · November 9

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  • Edward P.
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  • Claire
    Organizer,
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  • Jayne

    Hi there, I love a good discussion about a book and look forward to trying new and different reads!

  • Stephanie M.

    Just moved to the area and wanted to meet new people and love reading, so a book club seemed... more

  • Emily M.

    A true bookworm, I work for waterstones. I'm very excited to meet some like minded people and... more

  • phil t.

    Since I joined I have realized that discussing the book is as interesting as reading it

  • Mala M.

    Hey I'm Mala. have been living in Leamington for about 4 years and love reading. I thought this... more

  • Alice

    Worked in bookshops for a few years and I love reading.

  • Sandra P.

    Reader and author - looking to get more literary!

  • Jo

    Love reading and have often thought of joining a book club..... now's the time!

  • Steve D.

    Hi Again. Was a member last year but lapsed! Had some great nights before so would like some more

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    Hi, as an avid reader I have missed having book discussions and would love to meet some like... more

  • Ben M.

    Hi so looking forward to being in this club!

  • Ruth

    Avid fan of literature and other books! Would like to meet like minded people :

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    Hi I'm Caroline. Enjoy reading all sorts especially fiction based in accurately described far... more

  • Robert

    Hi my name is Robert and I am a 26 year old Solutions Architect. I enjoy reading but don't do... more

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    Hi I have recently left work and now have more time for reading! I enjoy crime fiction,... more

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    New to the area. Love reading. Looking to make new friends.

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