Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.jpg
AuthorRobin Sloan
Cover artistRodrigo Corral
CountryUnited States
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages288 pp (US Hardcover)
LC ClassPS3619.L6278 M7 2012

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is a 2012 novel by American writer Robin Sloan. It was chosen as one of the best 100 books of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle,[1] was a New York Times Editor's Choice,[2] and was on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller list[3] as well as the NPR Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List.[4] The US book cover, which glows in the dark, was done by Rodrigo Corral and chosen as one of the 25 best book covers for 2012 by BookPage.[5][6][7]

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore combines elements of fantasy, mystery, friendship and adventure as a way of looking at the modern conflict and transition between new technology (electronic) and old (print books). The protagonist is a laid-off Silicon Valley tech worker who begins working at a dusty bookstore with very few customers, only to start discovering one secret after another. The mysterious old books, along with the store's owner, lead to a 500-year-old secret society.[8]

A prequel novelette, Ajax Penumbra 1969 was published in 2012.


  1. ^ McMurtrie, John (December 21, 2012). "Best books of 2012: 100 recommended books". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Editor's Choice". New York Times Sunday Book Review. December 21, 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  3. ^ "New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller list for October 28, 2012". New York Times. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore". National Public Radio. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  5. ^ "'Mr. Penumbra' Bridges The Digital Divide". NPR. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  6. ^ "25 best book jackets of 2012". Book Page. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Book Review: "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore"". PhiloBiblos. November 26, 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  8. ^ Maslin, Janet (November 7, 2012). "Google Aces Can't Defeat Bibliophiles 'Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore' by Robin Sloan". New York Times. Retrieved 23 December 2012.

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