One City, One Story: Data Visualization

Mar 16, 2014

Robin SloanPasadena’s 2014 choice for One City, One Story is Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

It revolves around a young man who is out of work, begins to staff the midnight-to-8 shift at this fantastical bookstore, and ends up possibly dealing with immorality. Oh, and yes, there’s a secret code to break and an insider’s look at technology via the folks at Google. (City of Pasadena Public Library)

In 1998, librarian, author, and literary critic Nancy Pearl at Seattle Public Library thought, What if everyone in the city was reading the same book and could discuss it while waiting for the bus?

Whether it’s called “One City One Book,” “One Book One City,” “One Book One Campus, “One Book Two Villages,” the underlying goal is to build a sense of community and promote literacy. Pretty straightforward.

On Thursday, March 20th, a workshop, Data Visualization, is scheduled:  Join us for this special Data Visualization themed program.  Clay Jannon built a model of the bookstore to help him see what no one else could and we’ll start the evenings briefly showing real world examples of computer programs that help scientists and designers solve problems. Bring your laptop and any project you want to work on. We’ll run the best talks on the subject in the background as we get down to coding ourselves. Thursday, March 20th, 7-8:30 p.m., Central Libary’s Donald R. Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena 91101. Direct link at All ages; free event.

On March 27th, Robin Sloan will join Pasadena Public Library Director Jan Sanders in conversation. Sloan will discuss his experiences writing Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, followed by a question and answer period from the audience. Thursday, March 27th, 7 p.m., All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena 91101. Direct link at All ages; free event.





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