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Greenwich Reads Together Picks 'Station Eleven' As 2016 Selection

Emily St. John Mandel, author of "Station Eleven," the Greenwich Reads Together 2016 choice.
Emily St. John Mandel, author of "Station Eleven," the Greenwich Reads Together 2016 choice. Photo Credit: Dese'Rae L. Stage

GREENWICH, Conn. – “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel has been chosen for Greenwich Reads Together 2016 as the residents band together to celebrate, read and enjoy one book.

The book, suggested by Greenwich High School English teacher Kyaiera Mistretta, was announced last Wednesday at Greenwich Library.

Two thematically related companion books were announced for younger readers: “The City of Ember,” book one of the Book of Ember series, by Jeanne DuPrau for middle school readers, and “Blackout” by John Rocco for elementary school readers.

“Station Eleven” is a novel about art, fame and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse. In the book, Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear.

That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians – The Traveling Symphony. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence.

Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience that engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book, culminating in a month-long series of special events and programs in the fall. This year’s programming is underwritten by The Friends of Greenwich Library. Copies of "Station Eleven" are available at the Greenwich Library.

“Community support for and participation in Greenwich Reads Together continues to grow,” said Barbara Ormerod-Glynn, Greenwich Library director. “We’re proud to facilitate a community conversation inspired by this common reading experience.”

“Station Eleven” was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award. St. John Mandel's previous novel, “The Singer's Gun,” was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. She is a staff writer for The Millions, an online magazine covering books, arts and culture.

Greenwich Reads Together will take place in October 2016.

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