Posted on 01/15/2022 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Several authors were thrust into the role of accidental prophet once the COVID-19 pandemic began, because of the novels they'd written before even dreaming such a thing was right around the corner.

Emily St. John Mandel is certainly among them.

Her 2014 novel, Station Eleven, follows the aftermath of a respiratory illness that kills billions of people.

And yet, in 2020 and 2021, sales of the book soared, and the limited series based off of it is about to conclude — to the dismay of many excited viewers.

St. John Mandel recently spoke with the New York Times about how surprised she was not just that her novel came somewhat true, but also that it (and its adaptation) resonated positively once the pandemic began.

She also took part in a video conversation with series showrunner Patrick Somerville, which you can watch at Literary Hub.

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