A beautifully written novel can take us beyond the traditional bookstore genre divisions. Time, place, and reality are no more than a stage on which an author performs, and the real show is that of masterful storytelling.
Katherine Govier, award winning author of The Printmaker’s Daughter, and The Ghost Brush is this month’s guest reader in the Amnesty International Book Club. She has chosen Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel as the book to read this month.
Set upon the moment of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven is the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be saviour, and a traveling troupe of actors who roam the Great Lakes on a mission to bring art to any remaining survivors. This is far more than a novel of another time and place.
Station Eleven won both the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Toronto Book Award in 2015. Emily St. John Mandel is a rising star in the literary world, born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia, and currently calls Brooklyn her home.
A free discussion guide about the book, which includes background on the author and the guest reader, is available by writing to Amnesty International Book Club, 1992 Yonge Street, #316, Toronto, Ontario M4S 1Z7.
You can also get the full list of recommended books – all by Canadian authors – and discussion guides by visiting www.amnestybookclub.ca or calling toll-free 1-800-266-3789.
Source: NewsCanada www.newscanada.com