Emily St. John Mandel - Wikipedia

Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel (born 1979) is a Canadian novelist.[3]

Emily St John Mandel
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Born1979 (age 40–41)
Comox, British Columbia, Canada[1]
Alma materSchool of Toronto Dance Theatre
Notable awardsArthur C. Clarke Award
SpouseKevin Mandel[2]


Mandel was born in Merville, British Columbia, Canada -- her father was American.[1] -- and moved, with her parents and four siblings, to Denman Island off the west coast of British Columbia at age 10. She was home-schooled there until the age of 15, during which time she began writing daily in a diary,[2] and left high school at 18 to study contemporary dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York City.[2]


Mandel has published five novels. Her fourth, 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,[4] and won the Arthur C. Clarke Award[5] and the Toronto Book Award.[6] A film adaptation of the novel was developed by producer Scott Steindorff.[7] The resulting ten episode limited mini-series, Station Eleven, will be telecast by HBO Max in 2020/21.[8]

Her novel The Glass Hotel was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2020.[9]

Other writingEdit

Mandel wrote an article analysing in detail – using Goodreads' database of books – statistics relating to novels with titles in "The ___'s Daughter" pattern.[10] 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.[11][12]

Personal lifeEdit

Mandel lives in New York City with her husband, playwright and executive recruiter Kevin Mandel, and their daughter.[13]


  • 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)[14]



  1. ^ "Emily St. John, Mandel (1979–)". ABC Bookworld. 2015. Archived from the original on September 29, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Kirch, Claire (March 9, 2012). "Emily St. John Mandel: Once a Dancer, Now a Noir Phenom". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  3. ^ "Mandel, Emily St. John 1979– --" in Contemporary Authors, v. 301. Gale, 2010.
  4. ^ Review by S. Nunez, September 14, 2014, O.K., Now It's Time to Panic Emily St. John Mandel's 'Station Eleven,' a Flu Apocalypse New York Times Book Review, 119:37, Retrieved 25 August 2015
  5. ^ "Arthur C Clarke award goes to 'elegy for the hyper-globalised present'". The Guardian. London. May 6, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Emily St. John Mandel wins 2015 Toronto Book Award". Toronto Star, October 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "Best-Seller 'Station Eleven' Acquired by 'Jane Got a Gun' Producer". The Hollywood Reporter. February 10, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  8. ^ "Station Eleven". IMDb. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  9. ^ "3 novels, 2 short story collections shortlisted for $100K Scotiabank Giller Prize". CBC Books, October 5, 2020.
  10. ^ "The ___'s Daughter". Millions. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "The Gone Girl With The Dragon Tattoo On The Train". FiveThirtyEight, 27 Oct 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  12. ^ "On the train, gone, or with a tattoo: what happens to all those 'Girls' in book titles?". the Guardian, 31 Oct 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  13. ^ "Emily St. John Mandel: Bio". www.emilymandel.com. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  14. ^ "The Glass Hotel". Emily St. John Mandel. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  15. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane (May 6, 2015). "Station Eleven Wins This Year's Arthur C. Clarke Award!". io9. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  16. ^ Charles, Ron (October 15, 2014). "National Book Awards finalists announced". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  17. ^ Charles, Ron (March 10, 2015). "Emily St. John Mandel among finalists for PEN/Faulkner Prize". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  18. ^ "Baileys women's prize for fiction longlist – in pictures". the Guardian. Retrieved September 26, 2015.

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