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“How Have I Not Read This?” Winter 2021 Book Club Pick

November 29th, 2021


The long-awaited HBO Max limited series adaptation of Station Eleven will premiere on December 16, and we hope you’ll celebrate with us by joining author Emily St. John Mandel, series showrunner Patrick Somerville, and moderator Isaac Fitzgerald for a conversation about the adaptation.

A finalist for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner, Emily St. John Mandel’s bestselling Station Eleven is set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse. The Traveling Symphony is a troupe of actors and musicians dedicated to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten their existence. Traveling back and forth in time to depict life before and after the pandemic, this is an audacious book that explores art, love, and the strange twists of fate that connect us all.

Watch the teaser and learn more about the adaptation of Station Eleven in Entertainment Weekly.

We hope you will join Emily, Patrick, Isaac, and the rest of us in reading (or revisiting) Station Eleven and discussing it at this meeting of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group’s How Have I Not Read This? book club. Read along with us at #HowHaveINotReadThis

Find out more about the book.

Event Details:
• TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14. Register here and add to your calendar.
• EVENT START: 7:00 PM ET (or shortly after once all are checked in)
• Hosted in partnership with Greenlight Bookstore. You can order Station Eleven from them HERE.
• NOTE: This is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom—you will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.


Featured Participants:

Emily St. John Mandel’s sixth novel, Sea of Tranquility, will be published in April 2022. Her previous novels include The Glass Hotel, which was selected by President Barack Obama as one of his favorite books of 2020, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and has been translated into 21 languages, and Station Eleven, which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, and has been translated into 33 languages. Station Eleven will premiere December 16 as a Max Original Limited Series on HBO Max. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Patrick Somerville is a novelist and screenwriter. He developed and showran “Station 11” for HBO Max, and also created, wrote, and executive produced the critically acclaimed Netflix series “Maniac.” He previously served as writer/producer for the HBO drama “The Leftovers.” His books include two collections of stories—Trouble (2006) and The Universe in Miniature in Miniature (2010)—and two novels, The Cradle (2009) and This Bright River (2012). He lives in LA with his wife and three kids.

Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. After making a bunch of cool things for the internet, he now writes books and is the author of the national bestselling children’s book How to Be a Pirate and co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes). He lives in Brooklyn where he is working on two books forthcoming from Bloomsbury: a YA novel, and an essay collection titled Dirtbag, Massachusetts.