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At the Jean Cocteau

TRUMPLAND opened yesterday at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, playing to large and enthusiastic crowds. Whatever you may think of Michael Moore or his politics, he's never less than entertaining. He makes some great political points in TRUMPLAND, but even if you disagree with every one of those, there are a lot of laughs as well. We're the only theatre in New Mexico showing the film and we'll be running it through the election, so do come down and catch it if you can.

We do have one break in the TRUMPLAND screening schedule, however. Come Monday night, we're having another one of our famous author events. This time the JCC is honored to be hosting EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL, the best-selling author of STATION ELEVEN and other acclaimed novels.

I'll be doing an interview with Emily, followed by an audience Q&A, and of course a signing. We should have all of her earlier novels in stock, as well as the new paperback of STATION ELEVEN.

Emily St. John Mandel is one writer that I've never met before, but I'm very excited that I will have a chance to talk with her. STATION ELEVEN just blew me away when I read it, a few years ago. Actually, it was the best novel I read that year (2014), and I was hoping it might be a Hugo contender, as regular readers of the Not A Blog might remember. I wrote, "One of the 2014 books that I did read stands above all the others, however: STATION ELEVEN, by Emily St. John Mandel. As best I can recall, I've never met Emily St. John Mandel, and I've never read anything else by her, but I won't soon forget STATION ELEVEN. One could, I suppose, call it a post-apocalypse novel, and it is that, but all the usual tropes of that subgenre are missing here, and half the book is devoted to flashbacks to before the coming of the virus that wipes out the world, so it's also a novel of character, and there's this thread about a comic book and Doctor Eleven and a giant space station and... oh, well, this book should NOT have worked, but it does. It's a deeply melancholy novel, but beautifully written, and wonderfully elegiac... a book that I will long remember, and return to."

((Sadly, no, STATION ELEVEN did not get a Hugo nomination. The reports of my vast power and influence within the field seem to be greatly exaggerated. So far as I can tell, my effect on the Hugo nominations is exactly nil. But I'll keep recommending good stuff anyway. I'm stubborn)).

Anyway... if you're here in the Land of Enchantment, come down and join us on Monday night and meet Emily St. John Mandel. And if you're not, well, autographed copies will be available afterwards for mail order. Of her books, my books, books by all the great authors we've hosted. (Depending on what happens on Tuesday, we may remember Monday night as the last good time before the lights began to go out. Though I hope not).

Tickets to both TRUMPLAND and Emily St. John Mandel are available on the Jean Cocteau website: http://www.jeancocteaucinema.com/


Benni Triole
Nov. 5th, 2016 08:31 pm (UTC)
The thing that shocks me about Trumpland is Trump stands for exactly what Michael Moore has lambasted against. Corporate corruption destroying Flint. Hillary is the exact candidate he should be fighting against. Has he become too rich to see his own bias anymore? idk. The thing I find highly unnevering is the growing concern that Hillary's Clinton Foundation may have had a part in APCO getting the contract for Flint. Being in Michigan myself that's highly concerning

On the other note I want to read Station Eleven looks decent and if it's something new that's great

Edited at 2016-11-05 08:57 pm (UTC)
Nov. 5th, 2016 10:20 pm (UTC)
I will certainly add station eleven to my reading list (A very long list). Thanks George
Nov. 6th, 2016 02:14 am (UTC)
Hey George. Thought you might get a kick out of this:


Nov. 6th, 2016 05:50 am (UTC)
I read station eleven last summer and it was great! It was so good I had to stop myself reading it all in one weekend because I wanted to enjoy it more over time...if that makes sense.
David Greenlee
Nov. 7th, 2016 02:09 pm (UTC)
I love Station Eleven!
Hello George!
I wish I could be there for the event with Emily St John Mandel, her book is wonderful (I've read it twice!) and I'm delighted that you are hosting her at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.
The election is almost over, thanks for speaking up and out. Thanks so much for that.
Nov. 7th, 2016 07:12 pm (UTC)
Station Eleven
I too was annoyed/sad/frustrated that Station Eleven did not get a Hugo nomination.

(I just can't figure the Hugo's lately - my nominee choices never get picked so I have to read all the actual nominees and then those I feel are outstanding - and very glad I got to read - don't win. Something besides SlateGate seems to be changing - or maybe I'm just too old and out of it...)

Still it got a "Martin" which resulted in my reading this outstanding work.

Wish I could drop in to meet Ms. Mandel but there's half a continent in the way.


Ben Everhart
Nov. 8th, 2016 01:54 am (UTC)
Great book...
I'd add to the praise of "Station Eleven." A haunting book that's stayed with me as well. More on the literary, character-based side of the sci-fi spectrum -- so consider your expectations managed. I read Mitchell's "The Bone Clocks" around the same time and while both books have similar strengths and beauties, Ms St. John Mandel's book is the one I prefer more. Highly recommended if you'e down with that kind of fiction.


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