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Our Region Reads!


Now in its 14th year, the One Book, One Community of Waterloo Region has announced its 2015 reading selection. All of Waterloo Region will be on the same page reading ...



Station Eleven, by Emily St.John Mandel

Station Eleven

by Emily St. John Mandel



About the Book


One snowy night, a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time -- from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains -- this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.


Station Eleven is a 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award winner, a 2014 National Book Award finalist, a New York Times bestseller, and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by The Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, Kirkus, O Magazine, Time, and The Washington Post.




About the Author


Emily St. John Mandel was born and raised in British Columbia. She studied contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York. She is the author of 4 novels including The Lola Quartet, The Singer's Gun, Last Night in Montreal and Station Eleven. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and is a staff writer for The Millions, an online literary, arts and culture magazine.




Selected Awards / Accolades


2015: Winner, Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction, Station Eleven


2015: Finalist, Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction, Station Eleven


2014: Finalist, National Book Award in Fiction, Station Eleven


2014: Winner, Prix Mystere de la Critique, The Singers Gun (published in French as On Ne Joue Pas Avec La Mort)




Author Interviews




Available Formats


Station Eleven is available in a variety of formats, including:


Is your book club looking for a new read? Station Eleven is also available as a book club set, which includes 10 books and a reader's guide. (Learn more about book club sets.)


Station Eleven is available through the CNIB library for eligible patrons.




Author Events and Related Programs


You've read the book, now meet the author!


Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm

Central Library


Additional information to follow.




Title Readalikes


Blindness, by Jose Saramago The Passage, by Justin Cronin One Second After, by William R. Forstchen The Road, by Cormac McCarthy On Such a Full Sea, by Chang-Rae Lee California, by Edan Lepucki




About the One Book One Community Program


One Book, One Community was created to promote reading by adults, and to build new connections in the community through the shared experience of reading.


In 2002, when One Book, One Community was launched, organizers expected that 1% of the Region’s population would read Alistair McLeod’s No Great Mischief. Instead of the expected 4000 readers, more than 6800 readers were counted and an additional 3000 people attended author events.


By tracking sales, library circulations, web hits and event attendance, the committee has recorded that more than 100,000 people in Waterloo Region have participated in the program. Interest in the reading program has continued over the previous nine years with selections continuing to generate interest in libraries, bookstores, workplaces and book club gatherings.


Organized by library staff, booksellers, city staff and volunteers, the program requires a year round commitment. After the book title is announced, individuals, book clubs, organizations, employers – everyone – is invited to take up the challenge of the One Book, One Community initiative and organize their own way of "getting on the same page."


Author events will take place around the region, including an author visit to Kitchener Public Library. Watch our website or that of the Waterloo Region Record for author event dates and notices of community events as they develop. You may also check out the One Book, One Community website at


Keep up with all the latest news,information and developments by following @oboc_kw on Twitter.


Readers and event participants will be counted again this year, so be sure to participate, and to let the community know how you got involved.




Previous Reading Selections


The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master, and the Trial That Shocked a Country, by Charlotte Gray Ragged Company, by Richard Wagamese Lakeland: Ballad of a Freshwater Country, by Allan Casey Bury Your Dead, by Louise Penny The Best Laid Plans, By Terry Fallis The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill The 100-Mile Diet, by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon








Smoke, by Elizabeth Ruth Three Day Road, by Joseph Boyden Hominids, by Robert J. Sawyer Lives of the Saints, by Nino Ricci The Stone Carvers, by Jane Urquhart No Great Mischief, by Alistair MacLeod