Back for its 11th year, the 2018 edition of Big Read Wichita featured the book Station Eleven, a science fiction novel by Emily St. John Mandel. Station Eleven won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2015 and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Since its original publication in 2014, the book has been translated into 27 languages.
The Big Read Wichita ran from October 1 to November 15, 2018. Mayor Jeff Longwell and Congressional spouse Susan O. Estes served as honorary co-chairs for the program.
Our special events included local actors performing from Shakespeare on October 7, a panel on the importance of art on November 14, and a keynote address by author Emily St. John Mandel on November 15.
Find a copy of Station Eleven in a physical format at the Wichita Public Library or as an e-book at Wichita E-Reads. Free copies of the book were distributed at the end of the kick-off party.