The annual Big Read from Quincy Public Library with support from the National Endowment of the Arts is almost upon us, and I'm super excited about this year's book, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Two year's ago, we read Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club about a group of Asian American women. Last year it was Five Skies by Ron Carlson about construction workers in Idaho. This year we've got Mandel's Station Eleven, a post-apocalyptic tale about a troupe of actors trying to keep art and humanity alive while society crumbles around them. I love, love, LOVE post-apocalyptic fiction, so this is right up my alley.

And that's the book for adults. For the kids who want to participate in this year's Big Read, they can choose from The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick or Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss. The best part is that it's free to participate. Even the books are free, as part of the grant from the NEA.

All you have to do is visit the Quincy Library on Thursday, September 13th at 4pm for the kick off celebration including refreshments, music and crafts, and pick up your books. This free event is open to all ages. For more information, head to the QPL website or follow them on Facebook to stay up-to-date.

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