Burlington Public Library will be participating in this year’s Big Read, organized by the UW-Parkside Library and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Burlington Public Library will be giving away FREE copies of Station Eleven beginning on January 15. There are over fifty tie-in events planned throughout Racine and Kenosha counties.
Selected Events for Burlington:
January 15: Book Distribution Begins. Pick up your FREE copy at Burlington Public Library
February 13, 6:30pm: Station Eleven Book Discussion at Burlington Public Library
February 15, 7pm: Author Talk by Emily St. John Mandel at UW-Parkside (Register Here)
Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel’s fourth novel, tells the story of a small band of actors and musicians 20 years after a flu pandemic has wiped out 99% of the Earth’s population. The book highlights the fragility of our existence, our violent nature, and our capacity to survive despite the inevitable hardships of starvation, loneliness, and chaos. But the story Emily St. John Mandel chooses to tell is not one of horror and mayhem that would befall the survivors in the immediate aftermath of a complete societal collapse. Station Eleven describes a world of hope, of people coping with nostalgia and loss, both in the present and the future, of the power of art and relationships to fulfill us, sustain us, and nurture us back to our best selves.