Tech and Food Cultures Collide in Robin Sloan's 'Sourdough'

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Author Robin Sloan. (Photo: Justin Kaneps )

Robin Sloan's latest book, "Sourdough," draws on the juxtaposition of two of the Bay Area's obsessions: technology and food. The heroine, Lois, is stuck in a draining job as a software engineer until a revelatory meal inspires her to chase her passion: baking bread. Sloan, who lives in Berkeley, also wrote "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore," about a laid-off tech worker who finds a new life in a San Francisco bookstore. He joins us to talk about his work and the intersection of tech and what he calls the Bay Area’s “weird world of food."

Robin Sloan,
author,"Sourdough" and "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore"