Critically acclaimed novel set in post-apocalyptic Michigan

Jan 5, 2015

'Station Eleven' author Emily St. John Mandel

The novel “Station Eleven” is about a post-apocalyptic world set largely in Michigan. It's the story of a flu epidemic that wipes out almost all of the earth’s human population. The pre-pandemic story is set in Toronto and other places around the world. Michigan, mostly along the Lake Michigan shoreline, is where the story of survivors takes place.

A small group of musicians and actors travels from town to town about 20 years after the outbreak, performing Shakespeare and playing music for people, including those too young to remember a world with electricity and other conveniences we take for granted.

Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with author Emily St. John Mandel about her book, which was a 2014 National Book Award finalist.