We are delighted to host the Great Michigan Read author, Emily St. John Mandel, here at the Library. This award-winning novelist will speak about her inspiration for Station Eleven and her experiences as a writer.
Great Michigan Read and Author Visit
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Plymouth patrons will once again join hundreds of communities across the state participating in the Great Michigan Read 2015 -16, the statewide one-book reading initiative sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council, by reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The Great Michigan Read aims to connect us as Michiganians by deepening our understanding of our state, our society, and our humanity.
Station Eleven is the story of the Traveling Symphony, a troupe of Shakespearean actors and orchestral musicians traveling the shores of the Great Lakes in a post-apocalyptic Michigan. Striving to maintain their humanity in the altered landscape of a world where 99% of the population has been wiped out by a flu pandemic, the Traveling Symphony operates under one credo: “Survival is insufficient.” Station Eleven is set in a world turned upside down, but is ultimately an exploration of people surviving and remaking their lives by preserving the qualities that make us human: culture, art, and the humanities. The novel was on the New York Times best-seller list for eight weeks, and was one of the best-reviewed books in 2014.
Other activities at PDL will include two book discussions of Station Eleven: Brown Bag Books will meet on Wednesday April 27 at noon, and the Contemporary Books Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. All are invited for lively conversations about this thought-provoking book. No registration is necessary to participate. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the Library. Reader’s Guides will also be available.
Travel with us as we envision the new world of Station Eleven.
The Great Michigan Read is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council, with support from Meijer and the National Endowment for the Humanities and a host of other sponsors.