2015 One READ Winner: About “Station Eleven” and Emily St. John Mandel

About the Book

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Station Eleven” is a literary, post-apocalyptic page turner.

Twenty years after a deadly flu outbreak kills most of the world’s population, what survives? What matters? This haunting novel begins with the on-stage death of famous actor Arthur Leander during his performance of King Lear, which coincides with the beginning of the pandemic. The narrative moves back and forth between Leander’s younger life and 20 years after his death, weaving the stories of a handful of people connected to him – some closely, like his ex-wife, and some by the smallest thread, like the EMT who attempted to save his life or the child actress with whom Leander briefly shared a stage. A lyrically written examination of the importance of art and what it means to be human.

The book’s UK publisher describes “Station Eleven” as “thrilling, unique and deeply moving … a beautiful novel that asks questions about art and fame and about the relationships that sustain us through anything — even the end of the world.”

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2015 List of Suggested Titles

Each winter, the public submits suggestions for next year’s One Read book. In January, a panel of community members reviews the suggestions, narrowing that list down to 10 titles, and then chooses two or three books to present for a public vote.

 

Final 10 Selections

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Thank You for Your Votes! One Read Winner Announced Mid-May

Thank You SignVoting for the 2015 One Read book is now closed. We appreciate all of you who cast your vote for either “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride or “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel.

On May 21 we will announce the winning book here at oneread.org.

In the meantime, read more about our finalists!

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Learn More About the 2015 One Read Finalists

The One Read reading panel narrowed the list of more than 115 book suggestions for the 2015 program to two top contenders. Between now and April 24, cast your vote for either “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride or “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel.

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