The Big Read 2018:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
In the post-apocalyptic ruins of civilization, what rubble will we choose to rebuild, what traditions will we decide to revive? So asks Emily St. John Mandel in Fishtrap’s 2018 selection for The Big Read, Station Eleven. Told through alternating storylines—one set in the prosperous period just before a nasty pandemic wipes out ninety-nine percent of the global population, and the other twenty years later—the novel explores, by way of radical subtraction, what brings communities together, what value the past holds, and, ultimately, what makes survival worth sustaining.
Join readers throughout Wallowa County as we follow a Shakespearean theatre company through post-apocalypse North America. Along the way, we will encounter guest speakers, writers, performers, films, and more, all helping us use Station Eleven to better understand our community, our place, and ourselves. You can pick up a copy of Station Eleven at any Wallowa County Library, or purchase one of your own at The Book Loft.
About The Big Read
The Big Read broadens our understanding of the world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Every winter, Fishtrap celebrates one great work of literature by providing events, discussions, and books to Wallowa County schools, libraries, and community members. The program is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and is supported locally by neighborhood businesses and individual donations.