Southwest Book Club Meets June 7
Join the Southwest Book Club to discuss this month's selection, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret... a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century.
Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. No registration needed. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email email@example.com.
Southwest Branch Library
Tuesday, June 7
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1. What were your initial theories about the bookstore's mysterious patrons and their project? What did you predict Manutius's message would be?
2. The characters remind us that fifteenth-century technologies of the book--from punch-cutting to typesetting--were met with fear and resistance, as well as with entrepreneurial competition and the need to teach new skills. How does this compare to the launch of e-books? If you try to picture what literacy will look like five hundred years from now, what do you see?
3. As Clay and the team of Google decoders take on the same challenge, what do they discover about the relative strengths of the human brain and technology?
4. Are Penumbra and his colleagues motivated only by a quest for immortality? If not, what are the other rewards of their labor-intensive work? Can books give their authors immortality?
5. How did you react to Gerritszoon's "message to eternity," revealed in the closing passages? How can his wisdom apply to your life?
Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com