2017-18 Calendar of "Big Read" Events


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


“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”!


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.


 “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.


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.


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


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


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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