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The Big Read Lakeshore
NEA Big Read Lakeshore creates and fosters a culture where reading matters.
It is to bring the community together around one book and use this shared experience of reading, discussing and exploring the themes of the book as a springboard to learn from and listen to each other. The programming draws diverse participation within the community, generating conversations and discussion groups across generational, cultural, racial and socioeconomic divides and experiences. These events take place in a variety of spaces and locations.
The main events are planned to approach a book and its topics from a variety of perspectives, experiences and angles, organizing events that include interesting lectures by great speakers as well as using film, food, music and art to explore and celebrate the topics under discussion.
This month-long community-wide reading program takes place every November.
About the Book:
Set in the Great Lakes region 20 years after a flu pandemic wiped out 99 percent of the world’s population, “Station Eleven” centers on a traveling troupe that performs Shakespeare’s plays to the communities that have arisen in North America in the event’s aftermath. The narrative visits both the story’s post-apocalyptic present and the world before the pandemic, not only exploring the collapse of society and its aftermath but emphasizing the connections between people and the efforts of those seeking to do more than merely exist.