Discuss Emily St. John Mandel’s audacious, darkly glittering novel Station Eleven with the award-winning author herself. Book signing to follow.

NEA Big Read @ UCF presents award-winning author Emily St. John Mandel for a discussion of her post-apocalyptic novel Station Eleven lead by UCF faculty member, David James Poissant.

Book signing to follow at 7 p.m. Prior to this event: Scenes inspired by Station Eleven at 4:30pm


Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books, and has been translated into 31 languages. A previous novel, The Singer’s Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.


David James Poissant
Associate Professor of Creative Writing

David James Poissant is the author of The Heaven of Animals: Stories, winner of the GLCA New Writers Award and a Florida Book Award. Poissant’s stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic MonthlyThe Chicago TribuneGlimmer TrainThe New York TimesOne StoryPlayboyPloughsharesThe Southern Review, and in several anthologies, including New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices. He teaches creative writing at UCF and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters.


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NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts with Arts Midwest designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.