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NEA Big Read Station Eleven Book Discussion

April 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley is sponsored by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.
This series is funded in part by the Friends of Tilton Library.

NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley in partnership with Libraries in the Woods sponsors this discussion of Station Eleven as part of a two month long series of discussions and related programs at 20+ local libraries. Click here for a full listing: https://deerfield-ma.org/nea-big-read-pocumtuck-valley/

Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 novel is set in a dystopian post-pandemic world. Now that we’re experiencing an actual pandemic, the NEA Big Read of this fictional story provides an opportunity for local communities to discuss our real pandemic experience, as well as the role the arts play in our lives (a central theme in Station Eleven).
A National Book Award Finalist
A PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
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. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.


April 15
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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