EventsMeet Emily St. John Mandel, Author of Sea of Tranquility

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Meet Emily St. John Mandel, Author of Sea of Tranquility

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


From the award-winning and best-selling author Emily St. John Mandel (Station Eleven, The Glass Hotel), Sea of Tranquility is a novel of art, time, love, and plague, taking readers from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon five hundred years later. It is a story of humanity across time and space that precisely captures the reality of our current moment. This author talk is in partnership with San Francisco Public Library and San Mateo County Libraries.

As Edwin St. Andrew enters the Canadian wilderness, spellbound by its beauty despite his exile from polite society, he suddenly hears the notes of a violin echoing in an airship terminal, shocking him to his core. Two centuries later, Olive Llewellyn leaves the second moon colony on an Earth-based book tour for her best-selling pandemic novel, within which 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. Detective Gaspery-Jacques Roberts uncovers a series of upended lives: 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.

Register to attend and to receive information about how to get a promotional copy of Sea of Tranquility

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of five novels, with her next book, Sea of Tranquility releasing in April 2022. Her novel Station Eleven was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books, has been translated into 27 languages, and is the basis for the HBO Max series by the same name. She is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.


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