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Great Michigan Read programs begin Monday

• Jan 24, 2016 at 8:00 AM

SPRING LAKE — The 2015-16 Great Michigan Read is underway at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St.

The Spring Lake library is a partner of the statewide initiative that encourages Michiganians to read and discuss the award-winning novel “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel. A New York Times bestseller, “Station Eleven” is the story of the Traveling Symphony, a troupe of Shakespearean actors and musicians who trek along the shores of Lake Michigan after 99 percent of the population has been wiped out by a flu pandemic. Operating under the credo that “Survival is Insufficient,” the symphony members explore what makes life worth living and the importance of preserving culture, art and the humanities.

Those who agree that good food, theater and music are cultural necessities will be interested in the “Thrive, Don’t Just Survive” series hosted by Spring Lake District Library in support of the themes of “Station Eleven.” The free events are scheduled as follows:

• Monday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. — Foods of the Apocalypse with Chef Renee Chodkowski. Join Chodkowki, aka “The Great Foodini,” for recipes and samples of foods that could be prepared should shopping at grocery stores no longer be an option. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Register online at sllib.org or call 616-846-5770.

• Monday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. — Performance by the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Co. Michigan’s only year-round touring Shakespeare company performs a 30-minute “Station Eleven”-themed program with scenes from “King Lear,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and several other plays.

• Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m. — Live music by The Moxie Strings. Join violinist Diana Ladio, cellist Alison Lynn and percussionist Fritz McGirr for a genre-blurring blend of contagious melodies and foot-stomping rhythms during this concert by the library fireplace.

Station Eleven Reader’s and Teacher’s Guides are available at SLDL for library patrons courtesy of the Michigan Humanities Council. The guides contain information about the author and thought-provoking discussion questions to ensure lively conversations about the book.

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