NEA Big Read 2017

You’re invited to join program hosts Friends of the Knox County Public Library, the Knox County Public Library,  and the University of Tennessee office of First-Year Studies as we explore Station Eleven, the award-winning novel by Emily St. John Mandel, as a community through a series of book discussions, board games, workshops, lectures, and other events.

Download the calendar of events here.


Big Read Events in Knox County

Pandemic! The Board Game in Knox County
“Survival is insufficient”
—Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven

Book Discussions in Knox County

The Big Read Contest

How do you create meaning in a world where nothing is left? Is it enough to just survive? Or is there more to living than surviving?

Based on themes in Station Eleven, create an expression — essay, photograph, poster, video, anything! — that describes your interpretation of the phrase “Survival is insufficient.” Then submit your creation online by Monday, November 6. Winners will be announced November 13.


The Big Read in Blount County

The Big Read in Sevier County

About Emily St. John Mandel and Station Eleven


About the NEA Big Read

The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Its goal is to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.


Community Partners

Arts & Culture Alliance
Blount County Public Library
Central Collective
Clarence Brown Theatre
Community School of the Arts
East Tennessee Historical Society
Friends of Literacy
Great Schools Partnership
Knoxville-Knox Co. Emergency Management Agency (KEMA)
Knox Area Transit
Knox County Health Department
Knox County Schools
Knoxville Area Urban League
Knoxville History Project
Knoxville Museum of Art
Knoxville News Sentinel
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Sevier County Public Library
Tennessee Stage Company
Union Ave Books
YWCA

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