Livermore Reads Together is a community reading program featuring Robin Sloan’s delightful novel Sourdough. The community of Livermore is invited to read Sourdough and join their neighbors by participating in free events related to the book, such as talks featuring Erica J. Peters, author of San Francisco: A Food Biography, and Laura Smith Borrman, author of Iconic San Francisco Dishes, Drinks and Desserts. University of the Pacific (UOP) Professor of History Ken Albala will give a talk titled Bread: A Slice of History. The library will host a hands-on program for teens and adults on making and nurturing a sourdough starter. Sourdough author Robin Sloan kicks off Livermore Reads Together at the Civic Center Library on Saturday, February 1, 2:00 p.m. Copies of Sourdough are available to check out at the Livermore Public Library.
About the book: Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact is limited to the two brothers who run the
neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. All of a sudden disaster strikes. Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. They have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her―feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.
Lois is no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of microorganisms. Soon, not only is Lois eating her own homemade bread, she’s providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer’s market, and a whole new world opens up.
When Lois comes before the jury that decides who sells what at Bay Area markets, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. Luckily, an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. Join the Livermore community and read the book to learn what happens.
Leavened by the same infectious intelligence that made Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore such a sensation, while taking on even more satisfying challenges, Sourdough marks the triumphant return of a unique and beloved young writer.
Sourdough was one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, Amazon, San Francisco Chronicle, Barnes & Noble, and Southern Living.
Throughout the month of February, the Civic Center Library Art Gallery will feature a special exhibit promoting local Girls Who Code clubs, in partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District.
Livermore Reads Together 2020 is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Public Library. For more information about this and other library programs, visit www.livermorelibrary.net or call (925) 373-5505.