Robin Sloan and Donna Apidone Wow a Sold Out Crowd
Last night we launched our new bookclub CapRadio Reads with a grand event, featuring Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. Surrounded by art by local artist William Ishmael, sipping Renwood Wines and munching on delicious appetizers, more than 100 people crowded into our Community Room. Our own Donna Apidone had a funny and intriguing conversation with Mr. Sloan, talking about his book, his writing process and even reminded him how he got the idea for his title.
Some years ago, this young writer and self proclaimed "geek" received a Tweet from a friend. The Tweet read "just misread sign saying 24-Hour Bookdrop as 24-Hour Bookshop. Disappointed." Thus was born Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.
If you haven't read the book yet, it's a wild and wacky mystery about Mr. Penumbra, his bookstore, his "clerk", Clay Jannon and his customers. The book is so fun to read, but also speaks to the diversity of the world of words and the books they inhabit.
As Mr. Sloan told Beth Ruyak, on her program Insight, "Stories told primarily with words are the most durable things people can create. They have SUPERPOWERS".
Judging by the intelligent questions from our audience last night and the delighted reaction given to Robin Sloan and Donna Apidone for their entertaining evening, tonight's words did have SUPERPOWERS. We hope those of you who came to our party enjoyed it, and those who did not, will make it next time.
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