THIS IS BIG! • NEA Big Read at UCF

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. UCF is one of 79 participating communities. The NEA Big Read at UCF is presented in partnership with Seminole County Public Libraries, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Florida Prison Education Project, and UCF Celebrates the Arts.

The Big Read at UCF will celebrate Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. UCF will host a series of events, including a book discussion and book signing with the author, a staged reading inspired by the novel, book discussions, creative arts workshops, and a showcase of visual and performing arts at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

PICK UP YOUR COMPLIMENTARY COPY OF THE NOVEL

Join us on Monday, March 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the lobby of the John C. Hitt Library.

In 2019, the Big Read at UCF will focus on Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Kicking off in March, this community reading program will connect literature with the visual and performing arts.
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THE BIG READ @ ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS

The Arts and Aging: An Interdisciplinary and Intergenerational Initiative

As part of “The Arts and Aging: An Interdisciplinary and Intergenerational Initiative,” is a project spearheaded by faculty from UCF’s Colleges of Arts and Humanities and Medicine, Atlantic Center for the Arts will offer a series of book discussions and creative workshops inspired by Station Eleven.

Atlantic Center for the Arts logo • New Smyrna Beach, Florida
  • Monday book clubs in Woodland Towers
    113 W. Chipola Ave., Deland
    11:30-1:30pm on Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4, 11
  • Saturday creative activities in New Smyrna Beach
    ACA Harris House at 214 S. Riverside Drive
    12:00-2:30pm on Feb. 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9
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“Hell is the absence of

the people you long for.”

Emily St. John Mandel – Station Eleven

THE BIG READ @ THE CENTRAL FLORIDA RECEPTION CENTER

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Keri Watson and Julia Listengarten will offer a 5-week study of Station Eleven at the Central Florida Reception Center, a mixed-security men’s prison in Orlando, as part of the Florida Prison Education Project.

The course will employ traditional literary criticism in the study of this novel, as well as offering the students the opportunity to read and perform excerpts from Shakespeare’s King Lear and Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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THE BIG READ @ THE LIBRARY

Sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and coordinated by the University of Central Florida. Join in the community-wide reading of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Seminole County Public Library adult book clubs will read and discuss Station Eleven. The clubs will host discussions that are open to the public. Cost: Free.

  • Central Branch Library (Casselberry) – Tuesday, March 5, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
  • East Branch Library (Oviedo) – Wednesday, March 6, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
  • West Branch Library (Wekiva/Longwood) – Wednesday, March 6, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
  • North Branch Library (Sanford) – Wednesday, March 13, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
  • Northwest Branch Library (Lake Mary) Thursday, March 14, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
    (This Romance Readers Book Club will discuss Year One by Nora Roberts as a complimentary genre specific title to Station Eleven.)
  • Northwest Branch Library (Lake Mary) – Tuesday, March 26, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
  • West Branch Library (Wekiva/Longwood) – Wednesday March 20, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
    (This non-fiction book club will discuss The Survivor’s Club: the secrets and science that could save your life by Ben Sherwood as a complimentary title to Station Eleven.)
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NEA Big Read is part of UCF Celebrates the Arts 2019, the university’s 5th annual showcase of creativity, innovation and collaboration at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.


Staged Reading
April 7 at 4:30 p.m.
UCF students read scenes inspired by Emily St. John Mandel’s novel Station Eleven.


NEA Big Read: Author Talk with Emily St. John Mandel
April 7 at 6 p.m.
Discuss Emily St. John Mandel’s audacious, darkly glittering novel Station Eleven with the award-winning author herself. Book signing to follow.


April 5-14
Della Phillips Grand Lobby