Thomaston Public Library's Intergenerational Book Club will discuss “Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 2:30 p.m. at the library, located in the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. The library has multiple copies of the book, including on the circulating Kindles.

Winner of the Alex Award, the book was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction; and named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle. The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of the title store. After a few days on the job, Clay discovers that Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything ― instead, they "check out" large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store.

Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele's behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore's secrets extend far beyond its walls.

On the third Tuesday of each month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together to share their opinions and ideas about the book selection. Extra copies of the books are purchased by Friends of the Thomaston Public Library from the Annual Appeal funds; and copies also are available on the library's circulating e-readers. Donations are appreciated, and all are welcome to attend. Those who live in Thomaston who would like to attend but need a ride are encouraged to call the library at 354-2453 the week before the club meets.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.