The Office of First-Year Studies is excited to announce that Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel will be the selection that the class of 2021 reads prior to arriving on campus in the fall.
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
A science fiction novel that takes place during a fictional swine flu pandemic, the book won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Toronto Book Award. It was nominated for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Life of the Mind Event Details
The annual Life of the Mind celebration will be during Welcome Week on Monday, August 21 at 5:30 pm. The event, to be held at Thompson-Boling Arena, will be free and open to the public, but tickets will be required. Life of the Mind is a component of First Year Studies 100, a zero-credit pass-fail class that gives students their first taste of college studies. Students will get the chance to hear from author of Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel.