EMWF Book Club: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Presented in partnership with the Guelph Public Library

THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 8:00 p.m. EST (online)
Presenter: Emily St. John Mandel, The Glass Hotel
Judith Pereira, The Globe and Mail’s Books Editor

This event includes closed captioning.

Sign up for the EMWF Book Club and enjoy conversation with fellow readers in the lead up to our main event: a live discussion between bestselling author Emily St. John Mandel, and The Globe and Mail’s Judith Pereira. Registered book club members are also invited to submit their questions for Emily ahead of time for a chance to ask them during the event!

Pre-Event Discussions:
Facilitated by the Guelph Public Library, these discussions will explore the book’s themes, characters, and more in anticipation of the main event. Advance registration required, limited space available.
June 4 at 11:00 a.m. 
June 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Questions for Emily?
Email [email protected] for a chance to ask Emily a question on June 25.

The Bookshelf (Guelph) is our bookselling partner for this event. If you would like to purchase a copy of The Glass Hotel with a signed bookplate, call 519-821-3311 x1. A limited number are available for book club members. Free shipping or curbside delivery in Guelph. $10.00 shipping cost outside of Guelph.

The Glass Hotel
Published by HarperCollins Publishers

From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass-and-cedar palace on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. New York financier Jonathan Alkaitis owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, a hooded figure scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later, Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship.

Weaving together the lives of these characters, The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the wilderness of remote British Columbia, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award; won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award and the Morning News Tournament of Books; and has been translated into thirty-one languages. A previous novel, The Singer’s Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystère de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.


Judith Pereira is the Books editor at The Globe and Mail. Before joining the Arts section of the newspaper, Judith was the Managing Editor of the Globe’s Report on Business magazine, where she oversaw the development of global print and online content across platforms and managed a team of writers, editors, photographers, graphic designers and illustrators. She has worked at The Globe and Mail since 2000, and has been awarded a gold medal for Infographics, among other honourable mentions, through the National Magazine Awards. She holds a Masters of Publishing from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Journalism and History from Carleton University. She is a board trustee of the Museum of Nature as well as a member of the National Magazine Awards Foundation board. Judith has lived in India, the Middle East, the Arctic and across Canada, and is an avid hiker and amateur bird watcher. Her favourite bird? The snowy owl.​

Thank you to our supporters:
The Angel Gabriel Foundation, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Department of Canadian Heritage, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, Open Book, The Ontario Arts Council, The Pollock Family Fund and Wellington County.