Meet Robin Sloan
About 200 pages into Robin Sloan’s book, “Sourdough,” I couldn’t read another page without actually eating at least a slice of sourdough bread.
I called Jack and asked him to stop at the store and buy some. When he arrived home with a loaf of Country Italian, I thought of divorcing him. I dare anyone to read “Sourdough” and not sympathize with my reaction.
“Sourdough,” like Robin’s debut novel, “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” is a mash-up between technology and the arts. The former though could easily be a manifesto on nurturing sourdough starter, and its descriptions of the baking, consuming and savoring every bite of every sourdough boule produced on the pages was as much a tease as any food-porn photo I've ever seen on Instagram.
With his ability to infiltrate various cultures with precision and insightfulness, it's no wonder that both of Robin's books have received praise from media, from the New York Times and the Atlantic to NPR.
When you come to the Napa Valley Book Fest, we’ll have some real sourdough for you to snack on while I ask Robin about his book, “Sourdough” and while Kelsey Reynolds, a book shop clerk in real life, will step up to ask Robin about “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.”