One Book One Town writing contest winners announced

Five local writers were named winners of the 5th annual One Book One Town writing competition at a ceremony held March 18 at the Fairfield Library. First, second and third-place honors were awarded respectively to Lisa Luciano for “Losing it all”; Susan Mudd for “Dear Technology” and Robert Grosshart for “A Vacation bar None.” J.D. Hanninen and Ronna Elliot were given honorable mentions respectively for a poem, “Technology is too Much With us” and “The Power Within.”

“These outstanding pieces were chosen from near 40 entries and narrowing the field was very difficult,” said Louise MacCormack and Donna Orazio, co-chair persons for the One Book One Town writing competition. “The topic was “Loss of Technology” and was related to this year’s book, Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel, published in September 2014.

“The high point of the evening after the awards was having each writer read his or her piece to the audience. Just hearing the writers’ voices and inflections helped everyone understand the writers’ passion for creating his or her piece.”

MacCormack pointed out that the co-chairs and head judge, writer and journalist Steven Gaynes, who has judged the competition in the past, decided to put all of the 2015 entries into two binders, which will be on display at the downtown and Fairfield Woods branches. “Even though we were only able to acknowledge five winning writers, everyone who took the time to submit a piece is really a winner,” McCormick said, “and we wanted to congratulate all of the writers.”

All winners of the writing competition will receive an invitation to a reception at Fairfield University for Station 11 Author Emily St. John Mandel on Tuesday, March 31. Mandel will speak about the book later that evening and the event is open to the public.

Excerpts about ‘Station 11’

According to excerpts from the hardcover edition of the 2014 National Book Award Finalist and New York Times bestseller, Station 11 is an audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan

performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

From left to right, bottom row: Lisa Luciano, first place; Susan Mudd, second place; Ronna Elliott, honorable mention; Back row: Steven Gaynes, judge; J.D. Hanninen, honorable mention; and Robert Grossart, third place.

From left to right, bottom row: Lisa Luciano, first place; Susan Mudd, second place; Ronna Elliott, honorable mention; Back row: Steven Gaynes, judge; J.D. Hanninen, honorable mention; and Robert Grossart, third place.

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