A flu pandemic has decimated the population of the world, unraveling civilization
and erasing centuries of technological and scientific advances.
Those remaining have figured out how to survive, but is that all there is: survival? What about beauty, art, history, and human connection?
These are the questions at the heart of WVU's 2018-2019 Campus Read: “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel. This is no post-apocalyptic thriller. Rather, a hopeful story that focuses on a traveling theater and music troupe determined to bring beauty back to shattered communities.
This novel centers on characters connected to one another in unexpected ways.
Station Eleven's compelling narrative incorporates themes of contagious diseases, cults, graphic novels, the construct of culture and civilization, the arts and humanities and dystopia.
“WVU's Campus Read committee chose this book for several reasons, not the least of which was that students
we tested it with really liked it. In fact, every single person who has read the
book really liked it,” said Susan Lantz, director of Campus Read. “It has a thought-provoking story that will
leave our students, faculty, staff, and community talking and thinking about Shakespeare,
music, Star Trek, the internet, communication, extremism and memory. It might also
prompt us all to run out and get a flu shot.”
Incoming freshmen will be encouraged to read the book, which will be adopted by many
first-year seminar courses. The Campus Read Committee is also planning a full slate
of events to engage even more of the campus and community this coming academic
Anyone interested in learning more about how to get involved in the WVU Campus Read should contact Susan Lantz for opportunities and more information.