NEA Big Read

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities launches its NEA Big Read program with the bestselling book, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The NEA Big Read is presented in partnership with Jefferson County Public Library, City of Arvada, the Arvada Historical Society, and Regis University.

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the only Colorado organization participating in the NEA Big Read this year. From March 16 - April 30 we will celebrate Station Eleven with a full calendar of events including book club discussions and workshops at participating Jefferson County libraries.

About Station Eleven

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Set in a future dystopian world, the book explores how the arts endure when civilization is threatened.

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.

About the Author

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven.Her previous novel, The Singer's Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

When does the project start and end?

The Arvada Center’s NEA Big Read runs from March 16 to April 30, kicking off on March 16 with the Colorado Book and Arts Festival. 

Special Events

Museum of Obsolescence Exhibition
March 20 - May 1
Arvada Center History Museum
Presented in partnership with the Arvada Center Historical Society

Book Discussions and Workshops

Book discussions and workshops are presented in partnership with Jefferson County Public Library. All events are free and do not require registration. 

Shakespeare Workshop 
May 8
4:30 - 6 pm
Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, Studio 11A/B
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO 80003

"Shakespeare's Stage"
The NEA's Big Read, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, begins with a deadly performance of William Shakespeare's King Lear, and goes on to explore a dystopian future where hope and humanity show up in the form of the travelling players, a group of theatre artists performing Shakespeare for the few people left behind after a world collapse. Come and explore how Station Eleven perfectly connects our past with our potential future and how, as the author states, "survival is insufficient".

 You DON'T need to have read Station Eleven to enjoy this workshop! We'll have fun with Shakespeare's verse, create our own, and explore how Shakespeare's theatre holds "the mirror up to nature" - our human nature. 
This event is free and registration is not required.
 

Completed Events

Keynote Conversation with Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M
March 16
12 - 1:00 pm
Join us for a Keynote Conversation with Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M. For this event, Peng will be in conversation with bestselling author, Eleanor Brown.

Peng Shepherd was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet. She earned her MFA in creative writing at New York University and has lived in Beijing; London; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Philidelphia’ and New York City. The Book of M is her first novel.

For more information visit cobookandartsfest.com/Keynote.

Station Eleven Staged Reading and Panel Discussion
March 16
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Enjoy this staged reading featuring excerpts from the book performed by actors from the Arvada Center’s Black Box Repertory Company. The reading will be followed by a moderated discussion about Station Eleven.

Station Eleven Book Distribution
March 16
2:30 - 3 pm
Arvada Center, Ballroom E

Book Discussion and Shakespeare Workshop (Cancelled due to weather. Reschedule date tbd) 
April 10
2 - 3:30 pm
Lakewood Library, 10200 W 20th Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80215
Shakespeare's Stage "All the world's a stage!" Participants will explore Shakespeare's world in this acting workshop that combines literature and the performing arts.

Book Discussion and Printmaking Workshop
April 12 
3 - 4:30 pm
Columbine Library, 7706 W Bowles, Littleton, CO 80123
Explore simple printmaking techniques with everyday materials. Participants will draw their own designs and create multiple copies of their creation. 
Book discussion led by Deanna Rasch. 

Book Discussion and Printmaking Workshop
April 16
6:30 - 8 pm 
Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada, CO 80002
Explore simple printmaking techniques with everyday materials. Students will draw their own designs and create multiple copies of their creation.
Book discussion led by Mario Acevedo. 

Call-in Book Discussion
April 17
1:00 p.m.
Participants may call-in at the time of the program at 303-502-5189.
Discussion led by Deanna Rasch. 

Book Discussion and Recycled Painting Workshop
April 22
6 - 7:30 pm
Edgewater Library, 1800 Harlan St., Edgewater, CO 80214
Using found objects, participants will explore line, texture, and technique to make their own paintings without picking up a brush! 
Discussion led by Deanna Rasch. 

Book Discussion and Shakespeare Workshop
April 22
6 - 7:30 pm
Evergreen Library, 5000 Co Road 73, Evergreen, CO 80439
Shakespeare's Stage "All the world's a stage!" Participants will explore Shakespeare's world in this acting workshop that combines literature and the performing arts.

Book Discussion and Recycled Painting Workshop
April 28
2:30 - 4 pm
Golden Library, 1019 10th St, Golden, CO 80401
Using found objects, participants will explore line, texture, and technique to make their own paintings without picking up a brush! 
Discussion led by Deanna Rasch. 

Book Discussion and Recycled Painting Workshop
April 30
6:30 - 8 pm
Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada, CO 80005
Using found objects, participants will explore line, texture, and technique to make their own paintings without picking up a brush! 
Book discussion led by Mario Acevedo. 

For more information visit cobookandartsfest.com/NEA

The NEA Big Read is presented in partnership with Jefferson County Public Library, City of Arvada, Arvada Historical Society, Regis University and Tattered Cover Book Store. 

If your book club or organization would like to participate in the Big Read, please contact aschulze@arvadacenter.org or 720-898-7226.