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  • SANTA MONICA READS 2016: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel

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    Station Eleven begins in the present, as child actress Kirsten Raymonde watches actor Arthur Leander die onstage during a performance of King Lear. Outside, the world is being consumed by a virulent flu that will rapidly lay waste to most of humanity. As this layered novel unfolds, author Emily St. John Mandel follows her characters through time, in flashbacks providing back story, in the present as characters realize what is happening, and fifteen years forward as Kirsten and other survivors make their way through the broken landscape that remains.

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    Santa Monica READS is a community reading program that encourages people who live, work in, or visit Santa Monica to read and discuss the same book at the same time in discussion groups and special events held throughout the city. Please plan on attending one or all of the many free, public events we have planned between March 12 and April 16, 2016.

    Station Eleven resource guide (PDF).

    All programs below are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

    Please note locations for each discussion or event, as several take place in non-library venues. For a list of book discussion dates and times, scroll to the bottom.

     
  • SANTA MONICA READS 2016 SPECIAL EVENTS

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       Station Eleven Book Discussions
    Various Dates and Locations
    Join us for one of our many book discussions between March 12 and April 16. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of all dates and locations.

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       Concert: Santa Monica Youth Orchestra "Traveling Symphony"
    Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main Street *
    Our own "Traveling Symphony" drops by for an outdoor concert that celebrates the value of keeping art alive.

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       The Museum of Civilization and Other Coping Mechanisms
    Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm
    Main Library, Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    Join us as we plant the seeds for our own Museum of Civilization, and hear from UCLA psychologist Dr. Stephen Sideroff, author of The Path: Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience and Success, on the ways in which human beings cope in the aftermath of a traumatic or catastrophic event.

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    Concert: Santa Monica Youth Orchestra "Traveling Symphony"
    Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm
    Pico Branch Library, 2201 Pico Boulevard *
    Our own "Traveling Symphony" drops by for an outdoor concert that celebrates the value of keeping art alive.

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      Twilight in the Altered World: Shakespeare on Station Eleven
    Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard * 
    Actor/director Tony Cronin and members of Colonials: An American Shakespeare Company share insights on the hidden Shakespeare connections many readers might miss in Station Eleven, then perform selected scenes from King Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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    Screening & Lecture: Snowpiercer (2013) and other Graphic Novels
    Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm
    Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    Graphic novels, an extended form of the comic book, are the source of many apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic tales. Join us as we explore the format with a brief talk, then screen the film Snowpiercer, based on a French post-apocalyptic graphic novel. (film runtime: 126 min)

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       Edan Lepucki in conversation with Charles Yu
    Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm
    Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    Homegrown talent Edan Lepucki discusses her post-apocalyptic novel California with Santa Monica-based author Charles Yu. A book sale and signing follows.

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       Family Screening: WALL-E (2008)
    Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    In this screening that allows kids to join in on the Santa Monica Reads fun, a small-waste collecting robot alone on a post-apocalyptic Earth, meets a female robot who he falls in love with, and inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 min)  

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       The Beginnings of the End: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Before Station Eleven
    Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm
    Main Library, Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    Literature professors Robert Latham (UC Riverside) and Jeffrey Hicks (Cal State LA) discuss the pioneers of post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction.

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    How to Survive an Apocalypse
    Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm
    Main Library, Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    The end of civilization can come in many ways: pandemic, natural disaster, nuclear attack, technological breakdown, monsters and aliens. In this practical demonstration, adventure gear specialists REI provide survival techniques that could help you save your life. 

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       An Afternoon with Emily St. John Mandel
    Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    Author Emily St. John Mandel presents an engaging discussion of Station Eleven, her past work and her future plans. A book sale and signing follows.

     

    STATION ELEVEN BOOK DISCUSSIONS

    Trained volunteer facilitators lead these free public book discussions. No registration required. Discussions are open to readers of all ages, but the Teen Discussion will be led by and focused on younger readers. 

    • Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Montana Avenue Branch Library, 1704 Montana Avenue *
    • Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Pico Branch Library, 2201 Pico Boulevard *
    • Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm - Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth Street *
    • Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Barnes & Noble, 1201 Third Street Promenade 
    • Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 11:00 am - Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main Street *
    • Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Boulevard
    • Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club, 1210 Fourth Street 
    • Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11:00 am - Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *

    * Note: City of Santa Monica facilities are wheelchair accessible. To request a disability-related accommodation, call Library Administration at 310-458-8606 (TDD 395-8499) at least one week prior to event.

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