ReadDavidson Kicks Off its 2017 Season: Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven is This Year’s Pick

The 2017 ReadDavidson selection is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  ReadDavidson, an annual town-wide reading initiative that started in 2007, is a partnership between the Town of Davidson, the Davidson Public Library, Main Street Books, and several local avid readers. The ReadDavidson committee encourages people to read a selected book and attend fun and educational book-related events that make the book come to life.  This year’s events are scheduled for April in conjunction with the town’s annual “April is for Arts” initiative, and continue into May. All members of the community are invited to read Station Eleven and attend these free-of-charge events.

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2017 Events:

Book Discussion with Gabriel Sealey-Morris: Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Davidson Library Community Room. Come discuss the book with Dr. Sealey-Morris, Assistant Professor of English at Johnson C. Smith and other participants.

A Presentation on Plagues, Pandemics, and Germs by David Wessner: Monday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Davidson Library Community Room. Come hear from Dr. David  Wessner, Professor of Biology and Associate Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Davidson College. This event is co-sponsored by DavidsonLearns.

A Graphic Novel Discussion with Snow Wildsmith: Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Davidson Library Community Room. Learn about graphic novels from Davidson Public Library employee and author Snow Wildsmith.

A Farmer’s Market Table: Survival Skills and Edible Wild Plants: Join ReadDavidson at the Davidson Farmer’s Market on Saturday, April 29 for an exhibit of edible wild plants and an opportunity to learn how to survive in the wild! The exhibit will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

A Preview to Shakespeare on the Green: Director Sylvia Schnople and actors from Hough High School will give a primer on “The Tempest” and provide a historical timeline of Shakespeare and theatre troupes Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Armour St. Theater located at 307 Armour St.  This is a great way to learn about “The Tempest” so you’ll be ready to watch it on the town green later in the month.

Shakespeare on the Green: The Town of Davidson is excited to announce a new event this year, Shakespeare on the Green. We will feature ‘The Tempest’ in coordination with The Davidson Community Players and Hough High School. Performances will be held on the town green on May 12 at 6:00 p.m., May 13 at 6:00 p.m., and May 14 at 2:00 p.m. This event is a community partnership between the Town of Davidson, Davidson College Friends of the Arts, Davidson Community Players, and Hough High School.  

“ReadDavidson aligns perfectly with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s mission to ‘improve lives and build a stronger community,’ said Davidson Branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library manager Ellen Giduz. “We’re proud to be a partner in this initiative that does so much to enrich our community.  

“My fourth novel is about a traveling Shakespearean theatre company in a post-apocalyptic North America,” said author Emily St. John Mandel. “It's also about friendship, memory, love, celebrity, our obsession with objects, oppressive dinner parties, comic books, and knife-throwing.”

The ReadDavidson initiative would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors: Main Street Books, the Davidson Branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, PostNet, DavidsonLearns, and the Town of Davidson.

For more information on ReadDavidson, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/ReadDavidson, sign up for the ReadDavidson eCrier at www.townofdavidson.org/eCrier, and follow “ReadDavidson” on Facebook. 

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