All Henrico Reads to feature novel ‘Sourdough,’ author Robin Sloan

Bestselling writer will discuss work at April 2 event

The 2020 All Henrico Reads author event will feature the acclaimed 2017 novel “Sourdough” by international-bestselling author Robin Sloan. The author will appear Thursday, April 2 at Glen Allen High School to talk about the novel and his broader work. 

Now in its 12th year, All Henrico Reads encourages the community to read and discuss a selected book. The event is sponsored by Friends of Henrico County Public Library, Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) and Henrico County Public Schools.  

“Twelve years in, our signature author event is going strong,” said HCPL Director Barbara Weedman. “We always look for engaging, thought-provoking books from a wide variety of genres that invite discussion and connect people, and we are excited to offer ‘Sourdough’ this year.

“We look forward to hearing from Mr. Sloan and seeing our community of readers at All Henrico Reads in the spring,” she said.

Sloan is widely known as the author of the bestselling “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore.” Like Penumbra, “Sourdough” and its protagonist are set in a San Francisco Bay area sprinkled with a touch of the fantastic. Lois, a programmer at a robotic arm company, finds herself bequeathed a sourdough starter by neighborhood bakers — a gift that leads her on a culinary adventure with vocational, legal and moral consequences. The novel explores contemporary issues surrounding the tension between technology and craft.

NPR described “Sourdough” as a “beautiful, small, sweet, quiet book” and named the novel one of its best books of 2017, as did Southern Living magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle.

The April 2 event at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, is set for 7 p.m.; doors will open at 6:15. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale, and the author will sign copies of his works after the discussion. Additional information is available at

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