The Big Read will return to Wallowa County this fall.
Although all the program details are not in place, the National Endowment for the Arts, which sponsors the program in partnership with Arts Midest, has announced that Fishtrap Inc. in Enterprise has received a $12,800 grant to offer the program.
The event is designed to broaden understanding of the world, communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book, a NEA spokesman said.
Fishtrap has selected the book “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel.
“I’m excited for Wallowa County to discover a new book by a young female author. I think it has a lot to offer,” said Fishtrap Executive Director Shannon McNerney. “Station Eleven gives us a chance to examine what makes community, and explores how art can bring us together.”
The book is Mandel’s fourth novel and has won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, was a finalist for the National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award, was an Amazon Best Book of the Month and was named one of the best books of the year by more than a dozen publications.
The novel is set 20 years after a devastating flu pandemic destroys civilization as we know it. A woman moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians until they encounter a violent prophet who threatens the tiny band’s existence.
Every year since 2006, Fishtrap has celebrated one great work of literature by providing events, discussions and books to Wallowa County schools, libraries, and community members. Community events will begin late February and run through the month of March.