Hurricane Creek Grange was packed for the 13th Annual Big Read Kickoff Potluck Dinner Feb. 22.
The stage was graced by spirited youth performers as the assemblage chowed down.
Among the presentations was the premiere of the film made by Lorri Fisher’s Enterprise fourth and fifth grade class — an homage to “The City of Ember” by Jeanne DuPrau, the youth book Fishtrap introduced as a companion read to Emily St. John Mandel’s post apocalyptic “Station Eleven.”
In the film, produced by Fishtrap Story Lab Leader Cameron Scott, young people from the future discover a history of Enterprise Courthouse and learn about the lives of the people who came before them and what was important to them.
The kickoff celebration itself, celebrating art, performance, community, family and shared experience, was also a nod to the themes of “Station Eleven,” which follows artists of several kinds and examines what value the past holds and what makes survival worth sustaining.
Short readings from the book interspersed the home-grown entertainment and kept curiosity about the book and the subject matter high. The novel moves between two realities, pre-apocalypse and post-apocalypse, linking the lives of those characters.
The post-apocalyptic troupe of actors are on their way to the Museum of Civilization when they encounter dramatic dangers.
The book won the 2015 Arthur C Clarke Award, was nominated for a national book award, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and won the 2015 Toronto Book Award.
Copies of the book were raffled and were available for folks just getting a start reading the book at a table set up by The Bookloft. Copies of “Station Eleven” are also available at the public libraries in the county.
The next installment of Big Read discussions will be the March 1 presentation of “What if? Disaster Preparedness: How Does Setting Contribute to Survival?” at 7 p.m. at Wallowa Memorial Hospital.