Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is the selection for One Book, One Community–Boyne Reads 2015.
The event is sponsored by the Boyne District Library and Friends of the Library, in cooperation with Boyne City Public Schools.
Funding is also provided by the Doll-Loesel Foundation.
The Michigan Humanities Council has chosen Station Eleven for its biennial Great Michigan Read program, and Boyne District Library is one of more than 150 libraries, museums, schools, book stores and other organizations throughout the state partnering with the agency.
The Great Michigan Read aims to connect residents by exploring Michigan’s history, its present and future as discussed in a single literary title.
The program is intended for young adults to senior citizens with a broad goal of making literature more accessible and appealing while also encouraging residents to learn more about Michigan and its culture.
The MHC provides nonprofit organizations the materials necessary to build community discussions.
Bookmarks, reader’s guides and teacher’s guides are available, and eligible organizations may also apply to receive free copies of the book.
The highlight of Boyne Reads 2015 will be a visit by Emily St. John Mandel to Boyne City Performing Arts Center on Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
The author presentation will be followed by a dessert reception, hosted by the Boyne City High School Hospitality Class.
“We are fortunate to have an author of Emily’s caliber come to Boyne City for Boyne Reads,” said library director Cliff Carey. “We receive tremendous support for this event and we appreciate the efforts of the Friends of the Library and Boyne Reads committee members who make this possible.”
Station Eleven is set in a world turned upside down, but is ultimately an exploration of people surviving and remaking their lives by preserving the qualities that make us human: culture, art, and the humanities.
The questions raised in this novel will make you think about what it means to be human, why do we fight for survival, the human need to connect, to mark history and to create a future.
We think you will love this book as much as we do!
Members of the committee are Kathy Anderson, Susan Conklin, Josette Lory and Chris Bandy, as well as library staff members Carey and Monica Kroondyk.
The library has multiple copies of the book and ebook, and they are also available for purchase at Local Flavor, Boyne City’s locally owned book store.
“We encourage the whole community to get involved in Boyne Reads,” Carey said. “This is a fascinating story and a great opportunity to bring our community together.”
For more information about the Great Michigan Read, Emily St. John Mandel, and Station Eleven, visit www.michiganhumanities.org or www.emilymandel.com.
Boyne District Library is located at 201 E. Main Street in Boyne City. For more information about Boyne Reads, call (231) 582-7861, or visit the library’s website at www.boynelibrary.org.