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Published on February 14, 2017 3:10PM

The Hobson poster just before the final reveal

The Hobson poster just before the final reveal

After a weeks-long teaser campaign, Driftwood Public Library has unveiled the book at the heart of the inaugural Lincoln City Reads event.

For two weeks, visitors to the library witnessed the gradual revelation of a promotional poster showing Circulation Supervisor Ken Hobson expertly Photoshopped into a King Henry the Eighth costume. On Tuesday, Feb. 14, staff revealed the final piece of the puzzle, showing Hobson holding a copy of “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan.

Lincoln City Reads is the latest addition to a worldwide collection of community reading events that began in 1998 when the Washington Center for the Book hosted author Russell Banks for four days of programs and discussion about his novel “The Sweet Hereafter.”

The library has scheduled the program to coincide with Lincoln City Community Days during the last week of April and has put together a series of events to encourage the community to read and discuss the book.

That lineup of events will be revealed on Friday, March 3, when the program kicks off with an after-hours trivia party at the library at 7 pm, hosted by Mr. Bill of Mr. Bill’s Traveling Trivia Show. Refreshments will be served and copies of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore will be available to buy at a deep discount.

Published to many positive reviews in 2012, “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore” is the first book by author Robin Sloan and was a bestseller both in hardcover and in paperback. It was chosen as one of the 100 best books of 2012 by The San Francisco Chronicle and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice.

Circulation Supervisor Ken Hobson said library staff chose the book after weeks of discussion and voting because of its broad appeal, its light and positive tone, and the way it combined elements of fantasy, mystery, friendship and adventure while exploring the transition between new technology and old.

“Not to mention cryptic codes, secret societies, puzzles, and other delicious elements of intrigue!” he said.

For more information, go to www.driftwoodlib.org or contact Hobson at khobson@lincolncity.org or 541-996-1242.

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