Greenwich Reads Together Selection: 'Station Eleven'

Greenwich Reads Together: a community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book.

Station Eleven

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. A previous novel, The Singer’s Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is a staff writer for The Millions. A film adaptation of Station Eleven is currently in development. The book was suggested by Greenwich High School English teacher Kyaiera Mistretta.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the cross-hairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

Ms. Mandel will read and discuss the book at Greenwich Library on Wednesday, Oct. 26th at 7pm in the Cole Auditorium. Diane’s Books will be on hand to sell copies of the book after the event.

Ms. Mandel recently visited students at Greenwich Academy to talk about the book. You can read about the visit here.

Greenwich Reads Together Programs & Events

Check out the lineup of events for GRT 2016 which includes an AuthorTalk and a pop-up museuem of meaningful relics.

Greenwich Reads Together Essay Contest

The Rotary Club of Greenwich is sponsoring the GRT 2016 Essay Contest for middle and high school students. Cash prizes will be awarded at the October event in two categories (6th-8th grades and 9-12th grades.) Winners will be honored at the author talk on October 26 at 6:30pm in Greenwich Library’s Cole Auditorium.

The 2016 GRT Essay Question is: In Station Eleven Kirsten Raymonde carries Arthur’s glass paperweight that Tanya gave to her the night before the pandemic wipes out most of the world’s population. In a similar crisis, what one non-technological object that means the most to you would you keep and how would it ensure your physical or psychological or emotional survival? In your response, please draw parallels to Station Eleven if you are a high school student or The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau if you are a middle school student. Essays will be evaluated for clarity of expression, persuasiveness, and originality.

Awards and Nominations:

  • 2015: Arthur C. Clarke Award, for Station Eleven.
  • 2015: Toronto Book Award, for Station Eleven.
  • 2015: Finalist, PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, for Station Eleven.
  • 2014: Finalist, National Book Award in Fiction, for Station Eleven.
  • 2014: Prix Mystere de la Critique, France. For The Singer’s Gun, published in French as On Ne Joue Pas Avec La Mort.
  • 2016: Station Eleven was added to the NEA Big Read Program


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Middle grade selection: City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

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Children’s companion book: Blackout by John Rocco

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