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'Station Eleven' author to present free lecture at SMU on Sept. 9

Community invited to read along, join campus events

August 14, 2015

DALLAS (SMU) – Station Eleven coverEmily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, the 2015 SMU Reads selection, will present a free lecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at McFarlin Auditorium. The community is invited to attend.

SMU students are reading the book as part of the common reading program, an academic initiative, which includes small-group discussions about the book before classes begin.

Station Eleven is set in year 20 after a virus has killed almost all humanity. The main characters are a traveling troupe of actors and musicians who bring performances of Shakespeare to the small and struggling human settlements that remain. The novel tells the story of the global disaster in real time and of its survivors 20 years later.

Community members, alumni, book lovers and book clubs are invited to join SMU Reads and take part in other events planned by the University's SMU Reads partner, the Dallas Public Library. Events include survivalist training at REI, urban emergency preparedness from Dallas County health leaders at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library and a pop-up performance of King Lear performed by Shakespeare Dallas. For more details about events and to preregister for Mandel's lecture visit smu.edu/smureads.

At a Glance

What: Free SMU Reads lecture by Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, a New York Times best-seller and 2014 National Book Award finalist
When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 
Where: McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane, SMU
Parking: See Campus Map (Bldg. 9) 
More Info: SMU Reads

Big D Reads, Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Dallas Public Library, Dallas Social Venture Partners, Deep Vellum, Friends of the SMU Libraries, Highland Hotel, Highland Park Library, Highland Park Literary Festival, Richardson Public Library, Shakespeare Dallas, SMU Alumni Relations, SMU Barnes and Noble, University Park Public Library, Well Read Women of Dallas, Wild Detectives

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