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Robin Sloan

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Robin Sloan is the author of the novels Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore and Sourdough. He grew up near Detroit and now splits his time between the Bay Area and the internet.

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Robin Sloan You would see two relatively small bookcases both packed to overflowing. After letting my library get out of control -- you really feel it when you…moreYou would see two relatively small bookcases both packed to overflowing. After letting my library get out of control -- you really feel it when you move, and two-thirds of your boxes are books, and they're the heaviest boxes, too -- I've settled on a system that's roughly "one in, one out." So, the books will pile up and spill out from the shelves, and then I know it's time to do a purge. I like the idea of books in motion; I think a book is happiest when it's being passed from one person to another.(less)
Robin Sloan This is always a good question. I really only made progress as a writer when I started publishing short stories—some of them very short indeed, just a…moreThis is always a good question. I really only made progress as a writer when I started publishing short stories—some of them very short indeed, just a couple thousand words. (And keep in mind these were self-published: on my website, in Amazon's Kindle Store.)

I think the feeling of *finishing* something is very healthy and productive. It's also addictive. It's very very difficult to finish an entire novel when you're an inexperienced writer. (It's difficult even when you're an experienced writer.) A 2,000-word story is a lot more tractable. And if you can write a 2,000-word story, you can certainly write a 4,000-word story… and if you can write a 4,000-word story, you can write 6,000… and you just keep going, until suddenly you're writing novels.(less)
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Robin Sloan at Bookshop West Portal
Author appearance, October 19, 2017 07:00PM
Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA, US

http://www.bookshopwestportal.com/event/sourdough
Robin Sloan discusses and signs copies of his new novel Sourdough.

Robin Sloan at Kepler's Books
Author appearance, October 24, 2017 07:30PM
Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA, US

http://www.keplers.org/upcoming-events-internal/2017/10/24/robin-sl...
Robin Sloan discusses and signs copies of his new novel Sourdough.


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"Griffith's writing is gorgeous. There is an immediacy and specificity in her descriptions of the 7th century Anglo-Saxon world that completely immerse the reader in that unfamiliar time and place. She uses language like a magic wand, although the..." Read more of this review »
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Tess is on page 184 of 288 of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: Didn't you learn anything from spy movies Clay? You complete your mission and get out! Nothing good comes from staying around!
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“Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines -- it's hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

“After that, the book will fade, the way all books fade in your mind. But I hope you will remember this:
A man walking fast down a dark lonely street. Quick steps and hard breathing, all wonder and need. A bell above a door and the tinkle it makes. A clerk and a ladder and warm golden light, and then: the right book exactly, at exactly the right time.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

“Your life must be an open city, with all sorts of ways to wander in.”
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