Words, Words, Words: Station Eleven

by Emily St. John Mandel

Thursday, August 06, 2020, 6:30 pm
Virtual Event on Zoom | 6:30-7:30pm Eastern Time
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"What do you read, my lord?"
"Words, words, words."
Hamlet, II.ii.209-10

Join the Folger as we search the stacks for our favorite novels inspired by Shakespeare and the early modern era.

Held on the first Thursday of the month, this informal Book Club is free and open to all. Our picks range from historical fiction to adaptations of Shakespeare's plays and will be sourced from a different indie bookstore each month.

To spark the discussion, Folger staff will be on hand to provide historical context, throw in trivia, and speak to relevant items from the library collection.

Participation is free but registration is required. Sessions will be conducted through Zoom, so keep an eye on your inbox the day before for an access link, along with recommendations for quick bites and beverages to enjoy while we chat.

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Our August pick: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

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 Travelling 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.

Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

“A surprisingly beautiful story of human relationships amid devastation.” —The Washington Post


Purchase Your Copy

For our inaugural session, we are pleased to partner with East City Bookshop, an independently run bookstore on Capitol Hill. 

East City Bookshop is a women-owned, independent, community-minded bookstore on Capitol Hill. Order online, by phone (202.290.1636) or email orders@eastcitybookshop.com. Pickup is available at the shop, or they ship (almost) anywhere! 

For up-to-date COVID-19 business operation information, check their website, eastcitybookshop.com.