Get Lit with All Of It: Emily St. John Mandel
Get Lit with All Of It
(L) Photo by Sarah Shatz; (R) Photo courtesy of the host
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Watch a live video stream as Alison Stewart, host of WNYC’s All Of It, continues her virtual book club series with award-winning author Emily St. John Mandel. They’ll discuss her latest novel, The Glass Hotel, a story set at the intersection of two seemingly disparate events — a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea. The event will culminate in a performance by soul-electronic singer songwriter Tangina Stone.
How it Works
Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star lodging on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. On the night she meets Jonathan Alkaitis, a hooded figure scrawls a message on the lobby’s glass wall: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” High above Manhattan, a greater crime is committed: Alkaitis is running an international Ponzi scheme, moving imaginary sums of money through clients’ accounts. When the financial empire collapses, it obliterates countless fortunes and devastates lives. Vincent, who had been posing as Jonathan’s wife, walks away into the night. Years later, a victim of the fraud is hired to investigate a strange occurrence: a woman has seemingly vanished from the deck of a container ship between ports of call.
In this captivating story of crisis and survival, Emily St. John Mandel takes readers through often hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, underground electronica clubs, the business of international shipping, service in luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. Rife with unexpected beauty, The Glass Hotel is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.
Emily St. John Mandel’s four previous novels include Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award and has been translated into 32 languages. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Join Alison Stewart, host of WNYC’s All Of It, alongside bestselling authors and fellow book lovers on the air, online and via live stream for this new book club series. We’ll read books and share our progress on Instagram, and Alison will talk with a marquee author.
Tangina Stone is an acclaimed NYC-based singer, songwriter & producer has been championed as a universal breath of fresh air. Her eclectic blend of soul, rock, electronic, and r&b has garnered her international appeal, and brought her to stages around the world. Her unapologetic honesty and quiet dominance shine through her music and presence, and as a queer woman of color, she’s been highlighted as a trailblazer in an industry that traditionally has not celebrated artists like her. Whether on stage, protesting or in-studio – Tangina is home.
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