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Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel, answers reader questions

In 2014, readers fell in love with a traveling Shakespearean troupe searching for meaning, hope, and art across a post-apocalyptic landscape. Now Emily St. John Mandel, the bestselling author of Station Eleven is back with a story of crisis and survival—a sweeping, multilayered tale stretching from the glittering havoc wreaked by a failed Ponzi scheme to the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a container ship at sea.

We’ve been anxiously awaiting Emily’s next book, and are guessing you have been, too, so we sat down with her to answer some of your questions about her themes, (spooky) inspirations, and the similarities fans might find between these two very different books.




On how The Glass Hotel relates to Station Eleven:


On the genesis for the novel:


On her interest in secret worlds: