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NEA Big Read Events: Station Eleven: February

The NEA Big Read in Kenosha and Racine will take place from February 12 - March 10, 2018.


February 13, 2018

  • Book Discussion at Burlington Public Library
    Burlington Public Library, 166 E. Jefferson Street, Burlington, WI 53105
    6:30 - 8:00 PM
    BPL director Joe Davies will lead a lively book discussion about Station Eleven.

February 14, 2018

  • The Incredible Coasts of Michigan: A Travelogue by Ralph Danielson
    Kenosha Public Library, Southwest Branch, 7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142
    7:00 - 8:00 PM

    The Traveling Symphony of Station Eleven make their nomadic home along the shores of the Michigan Great Lakes.  Join veteran travelogue presenter, Ralph Danielsen, for a fall journey that highlights miles and miles of The Incredible Coasts of Michigan.  
  • Science Night: "Flu Frenzy: Outbreaks, Hype, and How to Prevent Both"
    UW-Parkside Student Center Cinema, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    7:00 - 8:00 PM

    UWP biology professor Greg Richards helms the popular Science  Night program to discuss the history of flu outbreaks, flu epidemiology, how vaccines and herd immunity help prevent such contagion, and why the modern media tends to overhype outbreaks and whip the public into a frenzy.

February 15, 2018

  • Star Trek: Voyager, "Survival Instinct"
    UW-Parkside Library, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141

    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    The phrase “survival is insufficient” appears multiple times throughout Station Eleven and is a major theme in the novel. It comes from an episode of Star Trek: Voyager in which Seven of Nine is stalked by three renegade Borg drones. Drop in to the library throughout the day to watch the episode before the NEA Big Read kickoff!
  • NEA Big Read Kickoff with Emily St. John Mandel
    UW-Parkside Main Stage Theatre, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    6:00 - 8:00 PM
    Kick off the 2018 NEA Big Read in Kenosha with a visit from the author herself! Emily St. John Mandel will sit down with professors Lisa Kornetsky and Jonathan Shailor to discuss themes from the novel. Featuring a performance by Parkside Range! The presentation will begin at 7:00 PM; doors open at 6:00 PM. Parking is free. Pre-registration required at or call 262-595-2238.
  • Post-Keynote Reception
    PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co., 716 58th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140
    8:00 - 10:00 PM
    Continue the conversation after the author's talk by visiting PUBLIC Craft Brewery for a post-keynote reception. Try their newest beer, brewed especially in honor of Station Eleven, and mingle with other fans of the book!

February 16, 2018

  • Survival Skills Friday: Self-Defense Tips for a Post-Apocalyptic World
    UW-Parkside Library, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    NOON - 1:00 PM

    Do you have what it takes to survive in a post-apocalyptic world? Join UWP police officer Kurt Bergendahl to learn some easy tips and tricks for basic self-defense in a world without rules.
  • Film: Akira Kurosawa's RAN (1985)
    Kenosha Public Library, Southwest Branch, 7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142
    5:45 - 8:30 PM
    Hosted by KPL’s monthly Movies After Dark film group for adults.  Akira Kurosawa's conceived re-telling of Shakespeare's King Lear mixes Japanese history, Shakespeare's plot and Kurosawa's own feelings about loyalty in the epic masterpiece, RAN. Library doors lock at 6:00 PM so arrive early. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Family Fun Night: Showing Off Shakespeare
    Carthage College Hedberg Library, 2001 Alford Drive, Kenosha, WI 53140
    6:00 - 7:30 PM
    Come celebrate the NEA Big Read with a night of fun with Shakespeare. From 1592 to today to the end of the world, the Bard has inspired creativity and innovations for centuries. The Family Fun Night team and Sigma Tau Delta will bring Shakespeare to life with crafts, skits, and costumes.

February 17, 2018

  • Station Eleven Escape Room
    Kenosha Public Library, Southwest Branch, 7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142
    10:30 AM, 12:30 PM (teens), 2:30 PM

    Join us at Kenosha Public Library and try to solve our Station Eleven Escape Room! Registration is required, so visit or call 564-6130 to reserve your space at one of these sessions: 10:30- 11:30 for Adults, 12:30 - 1:30 PM for Teens, or 2:30 - 3:30 PM for Adults.

February 17 & 18, 2018

  • Civil War Medical Weekend
    The Civil War Museum, 5400 First Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Saturday), NOON - 4:00 PM (Sunday)

    Modern-day medicine seems to work miracles, but what if a Station Eleven-type flu pandemic forced us to treat illness like we did in the 1860s Civil War? Join us for a Big Read event at the Civil War Museum and experience up close primitive treatment for battle wounds and communicative diseases. Watch surgeons and nurses of the 17th Corps Medical Staff demonstrate bullet removal, brain surgery and amputation. Make sure to take notes! You never know if you’ll have to use your knowledge in the apocalypse!

February 18, 2018

  • Carnivore Carnivale
    Dinosaur Discovery Museum, 5608 10th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
    NOON - 4:00 PM
    In Station Eleven, human extinction seems imminent. Visit the Dinosaur Discovery Museum to learn more about the most recent mass extinction with games, fossil cleaning opportunities, activities, and gallery demonstrations! Free and open to the public.

February 19, 2018

  • Book Discussion at Rustic Road Brewing Co.
    Rustic Road Brewing Co., 5706 6th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
    7:00 - 8:30 PM

    UWP biology professor Bryan Lewis will lead a book discussion about Station Eleven with a biological twist! Visit Rustic Road’s new location on 6th avenue in Kenosha.

February 20, 2018

  • Symphonies & Shakespeare NEA Big Read Family Fun Night
    Kenosha Literacy Council, 2419 63rd Street, Kenosha, WI 53143
    5:30 - 7:30 PM
    Join us for an evening of music! Hear a story, participate in activities, and create a craft. There will even be instruments from the symphony to try! Refreshments will be served. Each family will receive a free book!
  • Book Discussion at PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co.
    PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co., 716 58th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140
    6:30 - 8:00 PM

    Sip a pint of PUBLIC’s NEA Big Read-inspired brew as UWP English professor Teresa Coronado provides an academic analysis of Station Eleven, followed by a discussion.

February 21, 2018

  • Shakespeare in Prison: Awakening the Moral Imagination
    UW-Parkside Library, Overlook Lounge, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141

    NOON - 1:00 PM
    Dr. Jonathan Shailor, director of the Shakespeare Prison Project, will share stories of struggle and triumph from his work producing Shakespeare's works with prisoners at Racine Correctional Institution in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.

February 22, 2018

  • Book Discussion: "The Significance of Shakespeare's Plays in Station Eleven"
    Kenosha Public Library, Northside Branch, 1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144
    2:00 - 4:00 PM
    From the onstage death of actor Arthur Leander during a performance of King Lear before the pandemic that decimated the world as we know it, to the Traveling Symphony’s ragtag productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream fifteen years later—let’s discuss the importance of art to civilization as symbolized in young Kirsten’s tattoo proclaiming, “because survival is insufficient.” Presented by Cathy Polovina.
  • Book Discussion at Jack Andrea
    Jack's Cafe @ Jack Andrea, 2401 60th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140
    4:30 PM
    Jack's will make a food creation inspired by the book for attendees to nosh on while discussing Station Eleven.  Hosted by Laura Kastelic.
  • Film: La Jetée (1962)
    SC Johnson Golden Rondelle Theater,
    Entrance & Parking at the Intersection of Franklin and 14th Street, Racine, WI
    6:30 - 8:00 PM
    Director Chris Marker’s 1962 French featurette, constructed almost entirely from still photos, tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel. Following the film, UWP film scholars Jay McRoy and Lesley Walker join Elaine Roth of the Indiana University South Bend to discuss the meaning of La Jetée and its influence on later films--particularly Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys. The film is unrated and is in French with English subtitles. Free and open to the public, but advance registration required at

February 23, 2018

  • Survival Skills Friday: First-Aid Kits
    UW-Parkside Library, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    NOON - 1:00 PM
  • Dystopian Lock-In
    Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh Street, Racine, WI 53403
    6:00 - 10:00 PM
    The Racine Public Library presents a dystopian-themed lock-in! Eat survival food, play capture the flag, create a homeland button, build blanket forts, and enjoy pizza. Open to youth in grades 6 -10. In-person registration at Racine Public Library required.

February 24, 2018

  • RG Productions Presents "War of the Worlds"
    UW-Parkside Studio A Theatre, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    RG Productions presents a full performance of Orson Welles’ famous “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, complete with music and sound effects! Parking is free and the production is open to the public.
  • Book Discussion: "Resilience After Trauma"
    Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, 2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine, WI 53403
    2:30 - 3:30 PM

    UWP anthropology professor Kathleen Gillogly will discuss human resilience following traumatic events and the ways in which communities rebuild themselves, much like the various communities found in Station Eleven.

February 25, 2018

  • Deconstructed Book Art
    Kenosha Pubilc Library, Southwest Branch, 7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142
    12:30 PM
    Survival is Insufficient!  Join Laura and Emily Kastelic to upcycle new art out of old books.  Hosted by KPL’s Sunday Crafternoon club.

February 26, 2018

  • Book Discussion: "What Endures and Sustains Us When the Modern World Ends?"
    Kenosha Public Library, Northside Branch, 1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144
    2:30 - 3:30 PM

    Join Sue Paskiewicz and Patty Bajabir of the Kenosha Public Library to discuss and explore themes within Station Eleven. This surprisingly hopeful and courageous character-driven novel considers the fragility of contemporary life, the strength of the human spirit, and what truly matters 20 years after the collapse of civilization in the Great Lakes region.
  • Book Discussion: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club
    Kenosha Public Library, Southwest Branch, 7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142
    6:00 - 7:30 PM
    Join librarian Shannon Urban to discuss Station Eleven as part of KPL's monthly Fantasy/Sci-Fi book club.

February 27, 2018

  • Book Discussion & Game Play at Colosseum Games
    Colosseum Games, 5719 75th Street, Kenosha, WI 53142
    5:00 - 7:30 PM
    Fight the flu!  Join KPL staff  for a lively discussion about Station Eleven followed by game play.  Game experts from Colosseum Games will be on hand to lead sessions of the board game Pandemic, where players work together cooperatively to save the world from infectious disease.
  • Book Discussion at Racine Public Library
    Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh Street, Racine, WI 53403
    6:00 - 7:30 PM
    Visit Racine’s lovely library on the lake for a lively Station Eleven book discussion led by librarian Mark Krause.

February 28, 2018

  • Book Discussion at Community Library
    Community Library, Twin Lakes Branch, 110 S Lake Avenue, Twin Lakes, WI 53181
    1:00 - 2:00 PM
    Join us as we discuss the 2018 NEA Big Read selection Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  Hosted by Community Library.
  • Book Discussion at Harborside Common Grounds
    Harborside Common Grounds, 5159 6th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
    2:00 PM
    Enjoy good coffee and good company while discussing Station Eleven. Led by Ed Godula of Kenosha Public Library.

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