Skylight Books and Scripps Presents are thrilled to present novelist Emily St. John Mandel in conversation with Seija Rankin, senior editor at the Hollywood Reporter, and Patrick Somerville, showrunner of HBO Max's Station Eleven. This event is taking place at the GARRISON THEATER, located at SCRIPPS COLLEGE, 241 E. 10TH ST. CLAREMONT, CA 91711. The event begins at 7:00 PM.
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Tickets come with a copy of Sea of Tranquility. A limited number of General Admission tickets are available, and do not include a copy of the book. Books will be available for pick-up at Skylight Books beginning beginning April 5 or at the event at Scripps College on May 19.
Sea of Tranquility (Knopf)
The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon five hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.
Edwin St. Andrew is eighteen years old when he crosses the Atlantic by steamship, exiled from polite society following an ill-conceived diatribe at a dinner party. He enters the forest, spellbound by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and suddenly hears the notes of a violin echoing in an airship terminal—an experience that shocks him to his core.
Two centuries later a famous writer named Olive Llewellyn is on a book tour. She’s traveling all over Earth, but her home is the second moon colony, a place of white stone, spired towers, and artificial beauty. Within the text of Olive’s best-selling pandemic novel lies a strange passage: a man plays his violin for change in the echoing corridor of an airship terminal as the trees of a forest rise around him.
When Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, a detective in the black-skied Night City, is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American wilderness, he uncovers a series of lives upended: The exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend from the Night City who, like Gaspery himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe.
A virtuoso performance that is as human and tender as it is intellectually playful, Sea of Tranquility is a novel of time travel and metaphysics that precisely captures the reality of our current moment.
Emily St. John Mandel's five previous novels include The Glass Hotel and Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, has been translated into thirty-two languages, and is the basis for the HBO Max series by the same name. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Patrick Somerville is a novelist and screenwriter. He developed and showran Station Eleven for HBO Max, and also created, wrote, and executive produced the critically acclaimed Netflix series Maniac. He previously served as writer/producer for the HBO drama The Leftovers. His books include two collections of stories–Trouble (2006) and The Universe in Miniature in Miniature (2010)–and two novels, The Cradle (2009) and This Bright River (2012). He lives in LA with his wife and three kids.
Praise for Sea of Tranquility -
Named A Most Anticipated Book by Vulture, Thrillist, Time, BuzzFeed, Pop Sugar, Polygon, San Francisco Chronicle, Berkshire Eagle, Texarkana Gazette, Glamour, Bibliolifesyle, The Nerd Daily, Fortune, Parade, The Seattle Times, Tech Radar, Oprah Daily and Boston.com
“In Mandel’s stunning latest, people find themselves inhabiting different places and times, from early 20th-century Canada to a 23rd-century moon colony… The novel’s narratives crystallize flawlessly. Brilliantly combining imagery from science fiction and the current pandemic, Mandel grounds her rich metaphysical speculation in small, beautifully observed human moments. By turns playful, tragic, and tender, this should not be missed.” —Publishers Weekly, starred
“I could write a thousand words about Emily St. John Mandel, and this book, and this moment but I won’t dare spoil it. Truly soul-affirming.” —Emma Straub, best-selling author of All Adults Here
"A spiraling, transportive triumph of storytelling - sci-fi with soul." —Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies
"A complicated and mysterious puzzle concerning the nature of reality solved perfectly, all loose ends connected... Even more boldly imagined than Station Eleven. Exciting to read, relevant, and satisfying." —Kirkus, starred