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Peoria Reads! announces Station Eleven as 2018 Choice

In a world plagued by disasters, Station Eleven, the award-winning book by Emily St. John Mandel, seemed an obvious choice for the 2018 Peoria Reads! One City, One Book read. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel’s fourth novel, won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, was a finalist for the National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award, was an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and was named one of the best books of the year by more than a dozen publications. It’s been translated into 27 languages. “Equal parts page-turner and poem” (Entertainment Weekly), the novel is set 20 years after a devastating flu pandemic destroys civilization as we know it. A woman moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians until they encounter a violent prophet who threatens the tiny band’s existence. “Possibly the most captivating and thought-provoking post-apocalyptic novel you will ever read” (The Independent London). “It’s hard to imagine a novel more perfectly suited, in both form and content, to this literary moment” (The New Yorker). “I kept putting the book down, looking around me, and thinking, ‘Everything is a miracle’” (National Public Radio). The author herself said, “I wanted to write a love letter to the world we find ourselves in.”

Peoria Reads! is entering it’s 16th year of asking Peorians to read and discuss the same great book. Peoria Reads is a joint project of Common Place and Peoria Public Library. A wide variety of book discussions and other activities are being planned to help readers explore and understand the themes found in Station Eleven. While funds are not available this year to provide free copies of the book, many copies may be borrowed from Peoria Public Library as books, e-books and audio books. With more time to relax and read over the winter, read the book now and be ready for the citywide discussion. A copy of Station Eleven makes a wonderful gift for yourself or the readers in your life, as well! Watch for more information at www.peoriareads.org

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