Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore
Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7:00 P.M., City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco


Mr. Penumbra's Bookstore materializes at City Lights.

Experience the mysterious emergence of an enigmatic zone for books and the imagination.

Cocktails at 7:00 P.M.
Sermon at 7:43 P.M.

Admission free but advance ticketing required

Tickets available at the front counter of
City Lights beginning October 30 , 2012

The ever-elusive Mr. Penumbra makes a rare and fleeting appearance at City Lights

sound design by GrumbleGear 3000

closing statement by Robin Sloan

Celebrating the release of a new book by Robin Sloan published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Imagine you are sitting in a bookstore next to a strip club. Not that kind of bookstore. The inventory here is incredibly old and impossibly rare. And it has a secret—a secret that you might just discover. A community of very strange people cluster in this part of San Francisco. They visit the store late at night. They come wide awake, and completely sober. And they are always nearly vibrating with need. Lights and symbols all leave trails. The trails are like brush-strokes. If you view the store from the perspective of the front desk—the brush-strokes fit together. They form a picture. A dark curiosity.

Join us in completing the pattern.