NEA BIG READ: DOOR COUNTY Kick-Off Panel
January 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ARTS TO SUSTAIN US
Write On is proud to be a presenting partner with Door County Library on the 2021 NEA Big Read: Door County. The book selected for this year’s program is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. A variety of online events are planned from January 28 through February 13, including book discussions, writing workshops, panel conversations and a visit by the author.
For this year’s kick-off panel, local experts will discuss how music, literature, art and philosophy contribute to well-being. The program includes a performance by Midsummer’s Music. Presented via Zoom and Facebook Live. For more information, please visit the library’s Big Read website.
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city and, within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves “The Traveling Symphony” and they have dedicated themselves 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 the tiny band’s existence.