2017-18 Calendar of "Big Read" Events

August

Post-Apocalyptic Pizza Party. Bring your copy of Station Eleven and chat with fellow first-year students! Incoming English majors only.

September

“Designing Worlds in Science and Fiction”@ “Dawn or Doom” 2017. 9 AM on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Fowler Hall, Stewart Center.

Bonus: Purdue students!  Submit to the Dawn or Doom “Student Essay Contest”!

October

Since Station Eleven’s plot hinges on a limited edition graphic novel, we’re hosting a Comics Workshop @ West Lafayette Public Library.  Runs Wed. – Fri., October 11-13 from 5:30-6:45 PM. Refreshments provided.  Pre-registration is recommened but not required; click here.

 Bonus: WLPL’s Fall Book Sale starts on Friday Oct 13. Browse books after the workshop!

"Future Thinking”: an interdisciplinary forum @ Purdue Honors College. Refreshments, desserts, and snacks!  All Purdue Undergraduates invited.

November-December

 “Museum of Civilization” exhibit @ West Lafayette Public Library. Reception on Nov. 15 at 6:00 pm. Refreshments provided. Exhibit will run Nov. 15 – Dec 7.

January

Shakespeare month!

Stone Soup Shakespeare, January 24-25, 2018.   Stone Soup is a regional touring group, bringing the Bard to the masses. They also offer a variety of acting, storytelling, and Shakespeare workshops.

February

Join the English Department & the Purdue Student Union Board every Thursday in February from 4-5 PM in PMU for our annual "Books and Coffee" series. This year’s theme will be speculative fiction/dystopian/post-apocalyptic books:

Feb. 1:     Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

Feb 8:      Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

Feb 15:    Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven

Feb 22:    Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

March

Station Eleven book discussion hosted by Von’s Book Shop.   Bonus: Von’s will also offer a discount on copies of the book! 

 Wabash Lifetime Learning Association "Big Read Book Club" featuring Station Eleven.

"Viewfinder," Ringel Gallery, March 26-May 5, 2018.  Artist Luke O’Sullivan creates architecturally inspired sculptures and prints depicting imagined places beneath cities and landscapes. Exploration and adventure are central to the work, with each piece contributing to an ongoing catalogue of a strange invented world. Early interests in Nintendo games, maps, and science fiction contribute to the playful nature of his art.

April

In keeping with our post-apocalyptic theme, Purdue Convocations presents The World Without Us, a theatrical meditation on a post-human earth. April 13 & 14 @ 8PM. Loeb Theater. Tickets are $22-30.

Finally, Emily St. John Mandel will be our distinguished guest speaker at our annual Literary Awards on Thurs. April 19!

 5:30-7:30 PM – Literary Awards Banquet with advice to young writers by Ms. Mandel; tickets are $30.

 8:00-9:30 PM – Reading, Q & A, and book signing by Ms. Mandel. Fowler Hall. Free and open to the public.



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