The One Book, One Community of Monroe County committee is pleased to announce the book choice for the 2017 program: Station Eleven by award-winning author, Emily St. John Mandel.
Set in a post-apocalyptic North America, Station Eleven is the story of the Traveling Symphony, a troupe of Shakespearean actors and musicians who follow the shoreline of the Great Lakes in a post-apocalyptic Michigan. Readers are transported into a world dramatically altered by a swine ﬂu-like pandemic, known as the "Georgia Flu," that destroyed 99 percent of the population. The survivors must accept their new reality and move forward to establish new communities. 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 themes of Station Eleven will challenge readers from young adults to senior citizens.
Emily St. John Mandel is the critically acclaimed 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. The novel has been translated into 27 languages. A previous novel, The Singer's Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. Mandel’s short ﬁction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013 and Venice Noir. She is a staff writer for The Millions and lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
The One Book, One Community of Monroe County companion reads selected for elementary/middle school readers are City of Embers by Jeanne DuPrau and Fever, 1793 by Laurie Anderson. The teen reader selections are Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer and How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. The picture book selections are Blackout by John Rocco and Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood.
There will be a series of community events planned around the themes in Station Eleven. The full slate of One Book, One Community of Monroe County events runs from March 13 to April 8, 2017. All events are free to the community. Watch the Monroe Evening News newspaper and this website for more details about the books selected and to follow the various events as they develop.