What if everyone read the same book and then joined all those readers in talking about it? That's the idea behind One Book, One Community of Monroe County.
Each year, the One Book, One Community of Monroe County selection committee chooses a readily available and discussible book written by a major author, and invites Monroe County residents to read the same book at the same time and discuss it through a series of free programs running approximately one month. Each year's events feature book discussions and free county-wide community activities related to the themes raised by these provocative and inspiring stories. One Book, One Community of Monroe County aims to enrich the experience of reading for everyone, regardless of race, gender, age, income or the neighborhood they call home.
The One Book, One Community of Monroe County Committee has chosen Station Eleven by award-winning author, Emily St. John Mandel, as this year’s featured book selection.
About the Book
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.
About the Author
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.