Describe your latest book.
My new novel is called Station Eleven. It's about a traveling Shakespearean theatre company in a post-apocalyptic North America. The book moves back and forth in time between the years just before a devastating flu pandemic brings about the collapse of civilization as we know it, and a time 20 years after the collapse when a company of actors and musicians travels between the settlements of the sparsely populated new world. It's also about friendship, memory, love, celebrity, our obsession with objects, oppressive dinner parties, what remains when everything is lost, comic books, and knife-throwing.
If someone were to write your biography, what would be the title and subtitle?
Typing Responses to Interview Questions One-Handed on iPad on the Subway: The Emily St. John Mandel Story
What's the strangest or most interesting job you've ever had?
I was a part-time janitor for a while when I was 20, which was interesting because I was cleaning the massive renovated former church in Toronto that houses Toronto Dance Theatre, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and the Winchester Street Theatre, and it was a beautiful old building with a ...