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

When a community reads a book together, neighbors are inspired to be more empathetic, more aware, and more engaged. We are pleased to partner with more than 20 community agenices to share Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel with you. Join us for dozens of programs that explore Station Eleven and its themes. 

BIG READ 2017 Calendar of Events (2 MB)

Book discussions and activities

Take the Station Eleven creative response challenge. 

Read the book, imagine you were there, and respond with a creation of your own—be it a poem, a painting or a video. You could win a prize, but you're guaranteed the satisfaction of trying.

Event highlights

Most events are free and open to the public, but a few require reservations.


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
YWCA