History of Pestilence, Plague & Pandemics May 3

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FERNDALE, MI – Not so long ago, “going viral” was less a social media ambition and more a society’s worst nightmare. The Ferndale Library is exploring the history of pandemics, plagues and pestilence on May 3, tying the discussion in with the central plot point of Station Eleven, it’s selected title for this year’s Ferndale Reads, a community-wide book club augmented by various events and programming.

Local certified Physician’s Assistant Amy Davisson will be discussing pandemics, both historical and modern, with attendees who have already attained free copies of author Emily St. John Mandel’s acclaimed dystopian novel, Station Eleven. From typhoid in Athens RB_04centuries ago to the not-so-long-ago “Spanish Flu” that devastated the world, Davisson will talk about how pandemics were identified and how these haunting moments from history informed future society’s steps toward preparedness.

Station Eleven isn’t your typical dystopian novel; in fact, author Emily St. John Mandel’s work has been remarkable for its refreshing take on that genre. In the wake of a pandemic that devastates civilization, a Hollywood star, a zealous prophet and a nomadic group of Shakespearean actors seek salvation across scattered outposts in the Great Lakes region. Actress and vlog-star Felicia Day took to Goodreads to declare Mandel’s work: “a lovely, elevated apocalypse story that was very touching.”

While Station Eleven’s fictional pandemic is merely the story’s springboard, its endearing DDAnew01characters’ various adaptations to those harrowing circumstances are what we find most fascinating, making it doubly valuable for this program, “Bring Out Your Dead,” to start a conversation where we consider society’s reactions and recoveries to past viral epidemics.

Free copies of Station Eleven were facilitated by Ferndale Reads 2016’s sponsor, the Friends of the Ferndale Library. http://ferndalefriends.org/join-us/
This non-profit, volunteer-run organization is dedicated to engaging the community and raising funds to support the library. Become a Friends member today for $20 or become Senior/student Friends member for $10

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Pledge_side_blueFor more info, visit: https://fplobserver.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/check-out-ferndale-reads-station-eleven/

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