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Santa Barbara Reads Culminates With Author Talk

Each year the Santa Barbara Public Library offers one title to the community with the hope that everyone will read the same book at the same time. The Library hopes that by doing this it will spark conversations in the community about the themes of the book and how they relate to our lives.

This year's Santa Barbara Reads pick, Station Eleven, offers us a chance to reflect on what is important to us; what we would miss if the material things in our world were no longer available to us; and what elements of culture we would strive to preserve in the wake of cataclysmic events.

The culminating event of Santa Barbara Reads 2017 will be a visit and book discussion with the author, Emily St. John Mandel. On Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 PM join the greater Santa Barbara community for a short moderated conversation with Mandel, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Community members are encouraged to read Station Eleven before the author talk and to bring with them the experiences of reading Station Eleven and their thoughts and questions. This free event will be held at Marjorie Luke Theatre and is sure to engage, inform, and inspire.

The author talk is a free event, but registration is encouraged.

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. Mandel was born and raised on Denman Island off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She left school at 18 to study contemporary dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York City. She is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award and longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, Station Eleven is about a traveling Shakespearean theatre company in a post-apocalyptic North America. According to Mandel, it is also about friendship, memory, love, celebrity, our obsession with objects, oppressive dinner parties, comic books, and knife-throwing.

This event is supported in part by the Marjorie Luke Theatre's Dreier Family Rent Subsidy Fund in addition to NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Information about Santa Barbara Public Library System locations, hours, events, and program is available at All Library programs are free and open to the public.

Contact: Jody Thomas, Senior Librarian for Adult and Public Services

Phone: 805-564-5641


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