Dal Reads: chat with author Robin Sloan!

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Robin Sloan, author of Dal Reads’ 2014 selection Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore will join us live via Skype in Room G70 of the Killam Library on Thursday, October 16 at 5 p.m.

First, Robin will talk about the book, then take questions from the audience. This is your chance to ask him anything you’ve ever wanted to know about his NY Times best-selling book, which started as a short story on his website.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to read the book, now is the time to do so. The New York Times Book Review said it was, “Part love letter to books, part technological meditation, part thrilling adventure, part requiem… Eminently enjoyable, full of warmth and intelligence.”

Don’t miss this Dal Reads event. There will be delicious snacks and great book talk.

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Robin Sloan

 

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, the 2014 Dal Reads selection.

 

 

 

Dal Reads: first event of the fall

The first DalReads event of 2014 will be a book discussion that is open to all.

If you like to talk about books, and in particular, the DalReads 2014 title selection, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstorethen come to the Dalhousie University Club Pub at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 25. There will be delicious snacks and lots of great book talk.

Those under the age of 19 are allowed in the pub space, but of course, not allowed to order alcoholic beverages.

We hope to offer more programming as the fall goes along, so stay tuned to the blog and @Dalreads on Twitter.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

Dal Reads: how we select a title

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You may be wondering how we came to select Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore as our Dal Reads title for 2014. First, we developed some selection criteria to ensure that the book will provide us with a robust reading experience. The selection criteria are as follows:

-must be written by a living author (to allow for possible events and engagement with the author)

-must be able to generate discussion and exchange of ideas

-must be appealing to a broad range of readers of varying ages, literacy levels, and life experience

-must be in print and available for purchase in paperback, eBook, and audiobook

-must be strongly written with elements that will generate excitement among readers

-must be published in the last five years

-must meet the current year’s pre-selected theme (when a theme is selected, not valid for 2014)

Then, a number of students from the School of Information Management program suggested titles that met this criteria. We whittled that list down to three, and took the shortlist to the Dal community, hosting a virtual vote on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as a pop-up vote in the Killam Library. Overwhelmingly, the votes cast were in favour of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

The book is available at all five Dalhousie Libraries, and is on order at the Dal Bookstores in the SUB and on the Agricultural Campus. The novel, published in 2012, is described by Amazon reviews as “an old school mystery set firmly in tech-loving, modern day San Francisco.” The New York Times Book Review said it was, “Part love letter to books, part technological meditation, part thrilling adventure, part requiem… Eminently enjoyable, full of warmth and intelligence.”

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All about Dal Reads

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Have you heard about Dal Reads, the unity reading program for Dalhousie? We’re relaunching this year with help from the Dal Libraries and the School of Information Management.

We’re encouraging all students, faculty, and staff to read the same novel during the summer. We will host related events in the fall. Think of Dal Reads as Dalhousie’s biggest book club.

This year’s book is Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. It was chosen using student suggestions, creating a shortlist, and then holding  a vote. All suggested titles were held against our recently developed selection criteria.

The book is available at all five Dalhousie Libraries, and is on order at the Dal Bookstores in the SUB and on the Agricultural Campus. The novel, published in 2012, is described by Amazon reviews as “an old school mystery set firmly in tech-loving, modern day San Francisco.” The New York Times Book Review said it was, “Part love letter to books, part technological meditation, part thrilling adventure, part requiem… Eminently enjoyable, full of warmth and intelligence.”

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Get started by picking up a copy of the book. Then get involved in the discussions that will happen through this blog, Twitter, and Facebook. Your thoughts and opinions are encouraged. The discussion doesn’t stop here, though. Orientation week will kick off the Dal Reads activities. We will be having a variety of events for you to participate in. More information will be available soon.

And stay tuned to our social media accounts over the summer to win your copy of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

And the 2014 selection is…

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The official selection for Dal Reads 2014 is Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Thanks to everyone who voted, whether in person, on the blog, or via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

To learn more about the book and the author, visit Robin Sloan’s website. In the meantime, we’re going to round up some copies of the book and make them available at the Dal Bookstore and the Dal Libraries, as well as plan programming for the fall.

Your mission is to read the book over the summer break and come back in September ready to discuss the book with other members of the Dalhousie community, as well as take part in some innovative, book-related programming. Stay tuned to our blog, Twitter feed and Facebook page for Dal Reads updates!

 

 

Voting Closes Sunday!

Have you heard about Dal Reads, the unity reading program for Dalhousie? We’re relaunching this year with help from the Dal Libraries and the School of Information Management.

So far, we’ve set our goals for the program, as well as created a short list of titles for the Dal community to vote on. We’re looking for one book from this list to be our 2014 selection, and without further ado, here are the titles.

The Antagonist

This Giller-shortlisted novel by acclaimed Canadian novelist Lynn Coady follows the story of Gordon “Rank” Rankin. Rank has always been cast as a tough guy and has eagerly lived up to this role, until tragedy strikes and he’s forced to disappear. Twenty years later, he’s back to tell his story and confront the truth he has been running from his whole life.

For more, check out reviews in The Globe and Mail and on GoodReads

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Part mystery, part modern-day fantasy, this novel by Robin Sloan was one of NPR’s 2012 “Books to Hang On To.” When unemployed web designer Clay Jannon is hired to work the overnight shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, he is warned not to open any of the old volumes in its dimly lit back shelves. When his curiosity get the better of him, Clay stumbles upon a world of secrets, codes, and mysteries that will lead him on an unforgettable adventure.

For more, check out reviews in The Boston Globe and on GoodReads

Reality Boy

This novel by A. S. King is an unflinching look at the life of a reality television phenomenon after the cameras are gone.  Twelve years ago, Gerald Faust’s family invited the  reality television program Network Nanny into their home, exposing their dysfunction to the world and earning Gerald the nickname “The Crapper.” Now Gerald is in high school,  struggling to deal with his family, endure his notoriety, and work through a relationship in the aftermath of the spotlight.

For more, check out reviews in the New York Times and on GoodReads

How do I vote?

We are looking for your vote to determine which of these three books will be the Dal Reads selection for 2014.

There are four ways to send us your vote:

  • Share your vote on our Facebook page
  • Tweet your vote to @dalreads
  • Comment on this blog
  • Email your vote to dalreads at dal. ca

Voting closes on Sunday, April 13th! Get your vote in soon!

Vote tomorrow at the Killam Library!

 

Thursday, April 3 from 11:00am to 3:00pm we will be in Killam Memorial Library.

Come find us to hear more about the short list selections and cast your vote for DalReads 2014! Can’t make it to the library tomorrow? Share your thoughts about the short list here on our blog, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Dal Reads 2014 Shortlist

The Dal Reads team is excited to announce our 2014 shortlist:

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan

The Antagonist – Lynn Coady

Reality Boy – A.S. King

We selected these  titles from a list of suggestions by student volunteers based on three criteria that we felt were important to an interesting and engaging Dal Reads experience:

  1. The book  must be able to generate discussion and exchange of ideas
  2. The book must be appealing to a broad range of readers of varying ages, literacy levels, and life experience
  3. The book must be strongly written with elements that will generate excitement among readers

Now, it’s your turn – What do you think of our top three choices? Which of these books would get your vote? The final decision will be based on your input,  so leave us a comment or find us on media to let us know what you think Dal should read in 2014.

We look forward to hearing from you!