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Station Eleven book jacket

Get a jump on the annual One Book – One Community celebration and peer into one author's vision of a future world without people — "Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel."

When a flu pandemic kills off 99 percent of the world's population, a group of rag-tag actors and musicians travels across a desolate country to keep the remnants of art and humanity alive — because "survival is insufficient." But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who threatens the tiny band's existence. The story moves back and forth in time, vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, and finally reveals the strange twist of fate that connects them all.

This year's title packs a ton of conversation starters (pdf). Here's one: "If civilization collapsed tomorrow, what would I miss most?" Antibiotics? The Internet? Electricity? People?

Enjoy a series of programs including visits with featured authors Emily St. John Mandel and John M. Barry, interactive "survival" challenges; film screenings, book discussions and exhibits.


Meet and hear the author on April 12 at the Library Center!

Emily St. John Mandel was born in British Columbia, Canada. "Station Eleven" was a finalist for a 2014 National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. Her previous novels were "Last Night in Montreal," "The Singer's Gun" and "The Lola Quartet." She is a staff writer for The Millions, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies.


John M. Barry, author of "The Great Influenza: The Story of the Greatest Pandemic in History," also joins the Big Read with a talk and book signing on April 19. DETAILS

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