The Big Read: Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel, Oct. 4 - Nov. 13
Read and discuss Emily St. John Mandel's bestselling novel Station Eleven with the entire community

Station Eleven, Emily St. John Manel's fourth novel, won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, was a finalist for the National Books Award and PEN/Faulkner Award, was an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and was named one of the best books of the year by more than a dozen publications. It's been translated into 27 languages. "Equal parts page-turner and poem" (Entertainment Weekly).

The novel is set 20 years after a devastating flu pandemic destroys civilization as we know it. A woman moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians until they encounter a violent prophet who threatens the tiny band's existence. "Possibly the most captivating and thought-provoking post-apocalyptic novel you will ever read" (The Independent London). "Think of Cormac McCarthy seesawing with Joan Didion... Magnetic" (Kirkus starred). "It's hard to imagine a novel more perfectly suited, in both form and content to this literary moment" (The New Yorker). "I kept putting the book down, looking around me, and thinking, 'Everything is a miracle'" (National Public Radio). 

Event highlights

Concert/Lecture - An evening with Station Eleven author Emily St. John Mandel, November 13

About The Big Read

About the AuthorAbout the Book

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Knox County Public Library is one of 75 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2015 and June 2016. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest

Our program hosts

The Knox County Public Defender's Community Law OfficeFriends of the Knox County Public Library

Many thanks to our community partners

Art & Culture Alliance
Blount County Public Library
Central Collective
Clarence Brown Theatre
Community School of the Arts
East Tennessee Historical Society
Friends of the Library
Friends of Literacy 
Great Schools Partnership
Knoxville-Knox Co. Emergency
Management Agency
Knox Area Transit
Knox County Health Department
Knox County Schools
Knoxville Area Urban League
Knoxville History Project
Knoxville Museum of Art
Knoxville News Sentinel
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Sevier County Public Library
Tennessee Stage Company
Union Avenue Booksellers