Kristina’s Bookshelf

Robin Sloan Reads from Sourdough
on October 12 in Berkeley

Berkeley-based author Robin Sloan is well known for his novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. On October 12, Sloan’s East Bay fans have a chance to hear him read from his new novel, Sourdough, at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Berkeley. Buy a copy to reserve your seat by calling the store at 510.704.8222. Info: here

Sloan grew up outside Detroit and first came to the Bay Area to work at Twitter, where he formed a lunchtime writing group that led to his first draft for Mr. Penumbra. But it was the Bay Area’s exciting artisanal food scene and a copy of San Francisco baker Chad Robertson’s Tartine Bread that sparked his new novel. Sourdough is the fictional story of Lois Clary, a software engineer at a thriving San Francisco tech company, who inherits a sourdough starter and finds her way into an underground (literally) secret food society located at the decommissioned Alameda Naval Air Station. Named an Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2017, Sloan’s delightful, compulsively readable book is similar to Mr. Penumbra in combining an old-fashioned pursuit—in this case, bread making—with the
world of high-tech.

We recently learned that Sloan and partner Kathryn Tomajan are producing extra-virgin olive oil in Alameda County under the label Fat Gold. Tomajan has worked on the milling end of olive oil production, and has won multiple international awards for her products with the Enzo Olive Oil Company in Clovis, California. Make sure to catch their story in the upcoming Winter Holidays issue of Edible East Bay!

Author Robin Sloan at Mrs. Dalloway’s
Thursday October 12, 7:30pm
2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Edible East Bay’s book editor Kristina Sepetys is eager to share her ideas and book recommendations
with our readers.