The NEPM Book Club

Do you love to read? So do we! That’s why we’re launching the NEPM Book Club —  a new quarterly meet-up dedicated to bringing NEPM friends together to chat about new, diverse and interesting fiction.

Our first meeting, on Tuesday June 15, 2021 at 7 p.m., will be virtual. As a part of the NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley, we’ll be talking about Emily St. John Mandel’s award-winning 2014 bestseller, Station Eleven.

Author Emily St. John Mandel

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Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.

Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.


Erin O’Neill is a dedicated bibliophile and NEPM’s social media manager. A lifelong obsessive reader and lover of stories, Erin will be hosting and organizing NEPM Book Club meetings — and coming up with discussion questions! Talk books with Erin on Twitter at @ekoneill.

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Need to get your copy of Station Eleven? Please consider buying from one of our local NEPM Book Club partners:

Massive Bookshop, an online bookseller in Greenfield »

Olive Tree Books-n-Voices in Springfield »


Book Club Members will select our next read. Do you have a favorite novel? Is there a piece of fiction that’s on your to-read list? Email your suggestions to!

Though we’re meeting on Zoom now, we’re looking forward to the time when we may be able to congregate in person. As we like to say at NEPM, “Stay tuned!”