Berkshire School has selected Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel as our 2018 All-School Read. "An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse," Station Eleven was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Toronto Book Award. It has been translated into 31 languages.
Filmed and edited by Michael Hayes
A devastating flu pandemic wipes out 99% of the world's population. Plus Shakespeare, a traveling symphony, a mysterious graphic novel about an undersea world, an aging movie star who struggles with identity in a tabloid news-obsessed society, and a super creepy cult leader whose members secretly want to escape. Find out how they are all connected in Station Eleven, the 2018 All-School Read.
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 15 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. 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.