Emily St John Mandel Biography & Facts
Emily St. John Mandel (born 1979) is a Canadian novelist and essayist. She has written numerous essays and six novels, including Station Eleven (2014) and The Glass Hotel (2020). Station Eleven, which has been translated into 33 languages, has been adapted into a limited series on HBO Max, which premiered on December 16, 2021. The Glass Hotel was translated into 20 languages and selected by Barack Obama as one of his favorite books from the year 2020.
Mandel was born in Merville, British Columbia, Canada to a Canadian mother, a social worker, and an American father, a plumber. St. John, her grandmother’s surname, is her middle name. She moved, with her parents and four siblings, to Denman Island off the west coast of British Columbia at age 10 where she was then raised. She was home-schooled there until the age of 15, during which time she began writing daily in a diary, and left high school at 18 to study contemporary dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She then lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York City.
After leaving The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Mandel worked with independent choreographers.In 2002, in Montreal, Mandel began writing Last Night in Montreal.Mandel was an administrative assistant at Anderson Center for Cancer Research at Rockefeller University.Mandel is a staff writer for The Millions, an online magazine.
Mandel's first three novels were titled Last Night in Montreal (2009), The Singer's Gun (2009), and The Lola Quartet (2012) and published by Unbridled Books. Unbridled Books was founded, in 2003 by Fred Ramey and Greg Michalson, who had worked together at BlueHen Books, Phyllis Grann's imprint, closed by Penguin Putnam.Her debut, Last Night in Montreal, follows a young woman with a secret who can't seem to settle in one city. When she's pursued by a private detective and a former lover, she's forced to come to terms with her own past and the secrets that haunt a childhood she can't remember. The first chapter of the book can be read on Mandel's website.The Singer's Gun tells the story of Anton Waker, who grew up surrounded by corruption, but has now decided to live a more honorable life. His life unravels when his cousin blackmails him into doing one last job. As a result, his forged Harvard diploma is revealed, and his secretary disappears. Anton must choose between his loyalty to his family and his desire to live life with integrity. The first chapter of the book can be read on Mandel's website.The Lola Quartet is a literary noir novel that takes place in Florida following the 2008 economic collapse. Gavin, a recently-fired journalist and former jazz musician, is contacted by his sister, who believes she has discovered a daughter he never knew he had. Jobless, Gavin returns to his hometown and begins searching for his unknown child and the supposed mother—his high school girlfriend. The first chapter of the book can be read on Mandel's website.
Mandel's fourth novel, Station Eleven, is a post-apocalyptic novel set in the near future in a world ravaged by the effects of a virus and follows a troupe of Shakespearian actors who travel from town to town around the Great Lakes region. It was nominated for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, and won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Toronto Book Award. A film adaptation of the novel was developed by producer Scott Steindorff. The resulting ten episode limited mini-series on HBO Max, Station Eleven, premiered on December 16, 2021,
The Glass Hotel
Her fifth novel, a mystery thriller titled The Glass Hotel, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2020 and endorsed by Barack Obama when he released a list of his favorite books from 2020.In August 2019, NBCUniversal International Studios acquired the rights to The Glass Hotel into a TV series. The series would be produced by Lark Productions, and Mandel herself will write the screenplay.
Sea of Tranquility
Mandel’s sixth novel, entitled Sea of Tranquility, is part sequel part standalone and continues Mandel’s theme of tying together vignettes of different people in different times. The book was published in 2022.
Mandel wrote an article analysing in detail – using Goodreads' database of books – statistics relating to novels with titles in "The ___'s Daughter" pattern. She wrote a subsequent article analysing statistics relating to novels that included the word "girl" in the title. One of her findings was that the girl is "significantly more likely to end up dead" if the author of the book is male.
Mandel picked up a free newspaper in Toronto, read a book review and began corresponding with the author. Later, he became her boyfriend and they moved to New York City, where she met her husband.Mandel lives in New York City with her husband, playwright and executive recruiter Kevin Mandel, and their daughter.
Last Night in Montreal (2009)
The Singer's Gun (2010)
The Lola Quartet (2012)
Station Eleven (2014) ISBN 978-0-8041-7244-8
The Glass Hotel (2020)
Sea of Tranquility (2022)Essays
Emilie (2010) —— The Millions
On Bad Reviews (2011) —— The Millions
The Second Life of Irmgard Keun (2011) —— The Millions
Irène Némirovsky, Suite Française, and The Mirador (2011) —— The Millions
The ____'s Daughter (2012) —— The Millions
Eating Dirt: On Charlotte Gill and the Life of the Treeplanter (2012) —— The Millions
Susanna Moore, Cheryl Strayed, and the Place Where the Writers Work (2012) —— The Millions
Strange Long Dream: Justin Cronin's The Twelve (2012) —— The Millions
Drinking at the End of the World: Lars Iver's Exodus (2013) —— The Millions
I Await the Devil's Friend Request: On Social Media and Mary MacLane (2013) —— The Millions
The Bulldozing Powers of Cheap (2013) —— The Millions
A Closed World: On By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept (2014) —— The Millions
You'll Probably Never Catch Ebola - So Why is the Disease so Terrifying? (2014) —— The New Republic
Susan Sontag, Essayist and So Much Else (2014) —— Humanities
The Year of Numbered Rooms (2016) —— Humanities
The Gone Girl With the Dragon Tattoo on the Train (2016) —— FiveThirtyEightAwards
2015 Winner Arthur C. Clarke Award for Station Eleven
2015 Shortlisted National Book Award for Station Eleven
2015 Finalist PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for Station Eleven
2015 Longlisted Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for Station ElevenReferences
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