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NEA Big Read Events: Station Eleven: All Events

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

"Because Survival is Insufficient."

Station Eleven

Ongoing Events

February 12 - March 10, 2018

  • Lori Nix, The City
    UW-Parkside Library, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    View prints from photographer Lori Nix's dystopian series The City. Using meticulous detail, Nix constructs rooms in miniature, showcasing the beautiful decay that occurs after the fall of the city.
  • The Museum of Civilization
    UW-Parkside, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141

    View the artifacts that make up the "Museum of Civilization" at UW-Parkside. What objects would you save?
  • NEA Big Read Brew--PUBLIC Craft
    PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co., 716 58th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140
    Stop in to PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co throughout the NEA Big Read to try their special brew inspired by Station Eleven!
  • Station Eleven Patron and Staff Art & Craft Exhibit
    Kenosha Public Library, Southwest Branch, 7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142
    Open to all patrons and staff, this exhibit will display creative expressions in any art or craft form inspired by the 2018 NEA Big Read, Station Eleven. Art & craft works can be dropped off at SW library starting 02/5/18 and will go on display 02/12/18-03/10/18.  Items should be picked up by 03/17/18.
  • NEA Big Read Ice Cream
    Scoops Ice Cream & Candy, 5711 8th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140

    Feeling a little run down? Get the antidote administered at Scoops Ice Cream & Candy, located in historic downtown Kenosha. There’s something for everyone, even your canine companion! Be sure to stop in and ask the awesome and friendly staff about their special treat designed just for the 2018 NEA Big Read.

March 2 - April 21, 2018

  • Art in the UW-Parkside Library: "Civilization & Extinction"
    UW-Parkside Library, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141

    View original art from the UWP community relating to themes of civilization, culture, and extinction.


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.


March 1, 2018

  • "Because Survival is Insufficient:" Art as a Theme in Station Eleven
    Gateway Technical College: Racine, Lake Building, Student Life Center Garden Room, 1001 S Main Street, Racine, WI 53402
    1:00 - 2:00 PM
    The survivors in Station Eleven have found that mere "survival is insufficient." Join us as we discuss the various art forms that weave through the novel, helping those that have survived find meaning and beauty in their new lives in a post-apocalyptic world. Coffee and desserts provided.
  • 100-Year Anniversary of the Spanish Influenza: Documentary and Discussion
    Kenosha Public Library, Southwest Branch, 7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142
    1:30 - 3:30 PM

    Some researchers believe the story began on the morning of March 11, 1918, when a soldier at Fort Riley in Kansas went to the camp infirmary with a fever.  It has been 100 years since the Spanish Influenza circled the globe and killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide, much as the Georgia Flu did  in our NEA Big Read selection, Station Eleven.  What have we learned in the last 100 years?  Could it happen again?  Presented by Marcia Siehr.

March 2, 2018

  • Survival Skills Friday: Fiber Arts
    UW-Parkside Library, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    NOON - 1:00 PM

    Members from the UWP Ministry of Fiber Arts will be on hand to demonstrate and teach a variety of yarn-based crafts. No experience required and supplies will be provided.
  • Art in the UWP Library Opening Reception
    UW-Parkside Library, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    View the opening of the spring 2018 Art in the UWP Library exhibition, "Civilization & Extinction." Light refreshments provided.
  • Family Fun Night at Kenosha Creative Space
    Kenosha Creative Space, 624 57th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140
    6:00 - 8:30 PM
    Families are welcome to play the life-sized Traveling Symphony Orchestra Game, created and designed by local community members specifically for NEA Big Read.

March 3, 2018

  • Book Discussion: "War and Disease"
    Kenosha Public Library, Southwest Branch, 7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142
    9:15 - 10:45 AM

    Join Scott Kroes to discuss War and Disease hosted by KPL Politics and Military Actions Book Club.  In this session we may cover topics such as biological warfare and the unintentional introduction of infectious diseases into armies or societies such as smallpox and typhus.
  • Book Discussion at Garden of Eatin'--Kenosha
    Garden of Eatin', 4505 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    Come to the Garden of Eatin’ for a book discussion! Refreshments provided.
  • Star Trek: Voyager Viewing Party
    Community Library, Salem Branch, 24615 89th Street, Salem, WI 53168
    1:00 - 2:30 PM
    Calling all Star Trek Fans! As part of the NEA Big Read, join us for a screening of the episode of Star Trek: Voyager that inspired the motto of the Traveling Symphony in Emily St. John Mandel's  Station Eleven. In "Survival Instinct," season 6, episode 2 of Star Trek: Voyager, Seven of Nine speaks those words, "Survival is insufficient." We'll watch the episode together and talk about what that means. Light refreshments and Star Trek fun included!
  • NEA Big Read Trivia Bash
    tg's Restaurant & Pub, 4120 7th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
    6:00 - 8:30 PM
    tg’s is proud to be a longtime supporter of Kenosha’s Big Read!  The NEA Big Read Trivia Bash is a fun multi-round trivia contest for individuals or teams.  No cell phones or Google allowed!  This year’s trivia questions will be about Station Eleven, the author Emily St. John Mandel and the Great Lakes Region.  Prizes are awarded to the top three teams.

March 4, 2018

  • Survival Orienteering and Trail Run
    UW-Parkside Outdoor Track (Behind Sports & Activity Center), 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    11:00 AM
    Are you fit for survival? Join the Kenosha Running Company at Petrifying Springs Park to orienteer through a course cultivated in the spirit of cross country. Open to all ages and all fitness levels. Who will be the fittest to survive? A mini workshop precedes the start of the event to help participants learn about orienteeri
    ng. Registration for this unique event is only $17 for students and $22 for adults. Same day registration will be available at $20 for students and $25 for adults, but due to the nature of this event, advanced registration is strongly encouraged.
  • Film: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
    Kenosha Public Library, Northside Branch, 1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144
    12:30 PM

    View the play the Traveling Symphony performs in Station Eleven. Max Reinhardt's legendary Hollywood Bowl production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream was brought to the screen by Warner Bros. A Shakespearean comedy, the story contains several seemingly-unrelated plotlines, all tied together by a single unifying event: the impending wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta.

March 5, 2018

  • Packing for the End of the World
    Gateway Technical College: Kenosha, Student Life Center Garden Room, 3520 30th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144
    NOON - 1:00 PM
    Join us for a discussion about culture, possessions, and memories that become important when the world as we know it ceases to exist. We will explore themes in the book surrounding personal possessions and maintaining the history and culture of a world no longer present.
  • Book Discussion: "From Comic Books to the Bible: Literature and Genre in Station Eleven"
    i ov thee dragon Tattoo  and Body Piercing Studio, 614 Sixth Street, Racine, WI 53403
    7:00 - 8:30 PM
    UWP Art History professor Doug Singsen will discuss the variety of genre-crossing cultural texts referenced in Station Eleven, from Shakespeare to graphic novels to ritual scarification.  Using these references, Mandel weaves a sophisticated tapestry of culture that demonstrates that, as different as they are, all of these genres are capable of conveying valuable insights into the human condition.

March 6, 2018

  • Book Discussion: Station Eleven: An International Perspective
    Woman's Club of Kenosha, 6028 8th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53143
    1:30 - 3:30 PM
    Discuss the award-winning novel Station Eleven from an international perspective at this book discussion co-hosted by Kenosha Literacy Council Students from around the world and the Woman's Club of Kenosha. Refreshments will be served!
  • Film: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
    UW-Parkside Student Center Cinema, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    8:00 - 11:00 PM
    Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new Blade Runner, LAPD officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. Rated R. The film and parking are free and open to the public.

March 7, 2018

  • Book Discussion: "Shakespeare and Culture in Station Eleven"
    D.P. Wigley Company, 234 Wisconsin Avenue, Racine, WI 53403
    6:30 - 8:00 PM

    David Bruce, professor of history at UWP, will discuss the importance of Shakespeare's works to the revival of human culture in Station Eleven.

March 8, 2018

  • Film: Contagion (2011)
    Kenosha Public Library, Southwest Branch, 7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142
    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Soon after her return from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what seems to be the flu. Her young son dies later the same day. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic. Rated PG-13. Part of the Thursday Afternoon Movie Series.
  • Book Discussion & Game Play
    Kenosha Public Library, Southwest Branch, 7979 38th
     Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142
    5:30 - 8:00 PM
    Join librarian Rob Nunez to discuss Station Eleven and then stay to play the Pandemic expansions On the Brink and In the Lab. Hosted by KPL's Board Game Club.
  • Book Discussion at Community Library, Salem
    Community Library, Salem Branch, 24615 89th Street, Salem, WI 53168
    6:30 - 7:30 PM
    Join us as we discuss the 2018 NEA Big Read selection Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  Hosted by Community Library.
  • Preparing for the Unexpected: Outdoor Emergency Basics
    Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary & Arboretum, 880 Green Bay Road, Kenosha, WI 53144
    6:30 - 7:30 PM
    Can you respond positively to an accident or emergency? Can you safely spend a night-or more-outside? Knowledge is Power and Preparation is Key. Every time you step into the wilderness, be prepared to help yourself and others. After attending this program by 2 REI workshop leaders, you will be able to more confidently enter the outdoors knowing that you increased your knowledge and have better prepared yourself to face a variety of situations. Register at

March 9, 2018

  • Survival Skills Friday: Survival Gardening
    UW-Parkside Library, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    12:00 - 1:00 PM
    How would you eat if you survived an apocalyptic event? Join Heather Spencer and other library staff members to learn the basics of gardening for fun and function. All attendees will receive a packet of “Survival Seeds.”
  • End-of-the-World Extravaganza!
    PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co., 716 58th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140
    6:00 - 9:00 PM
    Come in your best post-apocalyptic attire to help us wrap up the NEA Big Read! We’ll enjoy food, drinks, music, and more as we celebrate like there’s no tomorrow.

March 14, 2018

  • Science Night: "From isolation to community: A primer on post-traumatic growth"
    UW-Parkside Student Center Cinema, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    7:00 - 8:00 PM
    In Station Eleven, traumatic events are experienced on an individual or community level and we see how the experience of trauma isolates those left in its aftermath. This talk will describe the current understanding of PTSD symptomatology and the ways that community and connection can create opportunities for growth and development in the recovery period. Presented by UWP psychology professor Ann Friesema.

Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel

Kickoff Event w/ Emily St. John Mandel
February 15, 2018
UW-Parkside Main Stage

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books, and has been translated into 27 languages. A previous novel, The Singer's Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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