WBAA Arts Spotlight: Big Read 'Station Eleven'

Apr 4, 2018

Station Eleven by Emily Mandel
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Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books, and has been translated into 31 languages. Mandel is a staff writer for The Millions, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 and Venice Noir. Station Eleven is the focus of the 1st annual BIG READ for the Purdue English Department and West Lafayette Public Library.

Activities this month include:

Purdue Convocations presents The World Without Us, a theatrical meditation on a post-human earth. Friday April 13 & Saturday 14 at 8PM. Loeb Theater. Ticket required.

Emily St. John Mandel as guest speaker at the annual Literary Awards on Thursday, April 19.

 5:30-7:30 PM – Literary Awards Banquet with advice to young writers by Ms. Mandel. Ticket required.

 8:00-9:30 PM – Reading, Q & A, and book signing by Ms. Mandel. Fowler Hall. Free and open to the public.

“ A novel that miraculously reads like equal parts page-turner and poem. One of her great feats is that the story feels spun rather than plotted, with seamless shifts in time and characters. ... "Because survival is insufficient," reads a line taken from Star Trek spray-painted on the Traveling Symphony's lead wagon. The genius of Mandel's fourth novel ... is that she lives up to those words. This is not a story of crisis and survival. It's one of art and family and memory and community and the awful courage it takes to look upon the world with fresh and hopeful eyes. " - Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly