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NEPM with The NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley, A Conversation with Emily St. John Mandel
A NEPM and NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley Virtual Event

Station Eleven: What can a 2014 novel set in a dystopian post-pandemic world tell us about the value we place on the arts, the grace of everyday life, and our current real-life pandemic?

Join NEPM, The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Libraries in the Wood, The Springfied Public Forum, All Hamptons Read, Tilton Library, The Care Center and The NEA for a virtual discussion with author Emily St. John Mandel, whose Station Eleven has been called, “darkly lyrical,” “mesmerizing,” “tender and lovely.”

The conversation will be hosted by NEPM’s Jill Kauffman and will conclude with a live Q & A.
Please submit questions for the author to Marie_Waechter@nepm.org.
This event will be live captioned.

Apr 27, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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About The Author
Emily St John Mandel
Emily St. John Mandel is the author of five novels, most recently The Glass Hotel, which was selected by Barack Obama as one of his favorite books of 2020, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and has been translated into 20 languages. Her previous novels include Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award among other honors and has been translated into 33 languages. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
About The NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley
@PVMA Deerfield
NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley is a three-season National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program in 2021, exploring themes of Emily St. John Mandel’s novel, Station Eleven. The NEA Big Read:Pocumtuck Valley is in partnership with Tilton Library and more than 40 other organizations and businesses in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties. New England Public Media is our media partner. This is PVMA’s 7th NEA Big Read program! Find the full event schedule at https://deerfield-ma. Some programs are still developing, so please keep checking back. THE NEA BIG READ: The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a partnership with Arts Midwest, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery. Big Read grantees organize local community events around their chosen book.
About The Book
Station Eleven @NEA Big Read:Pocomtuck Valley
WHY PVMA CHOSE STATION ELEVEN Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 novel is set in a dystopian post-pandemic world. PVMA chose it from a list of NEA Big Read offerings before COVID-19 hit. What caught their attention in the book was a museum that started in an airport where a group of stranded travelers survived and formed a community. PVMA’s Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield is, in a way, like the novel’s ‘Museum of Civilization,’ with many objects from the past that have little or no use in our modern world. Reflecting on old and new worlds — as Station Eleven does – is what history museums do. 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.