This year’s featured title is the dystopian novel “Station Eleven,” by international bestselling author Emily St. John Mandel. The book was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books; it has been translated into 31 languages.
The event is open to the public; light refreshments will be served. It marks the first of a variety of special programs culminating in A Conversation With Emily St. John Mandel on Nov. 8. For details and a complete event calendar, readers can visit midcolumbialibraries.org/nea-big-read-mid-columbia.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. NEA Big Read: Mid-Columbia is presented in partnership with Batelle, Leidos/Centerra, Abadan, Tri-CU, and Friends of Mid-Columbia Libraries. The Mid-Columbia region is one of 79 communities nationwide participating in the NEA Big Read from September 2018 through June 2019.