Tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8 is centered around a brilliant new dystopian novel entitled Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, shortlisted this week for the National Book Awards. It is about the Traveling Symphony, a wandering group of actors and musicians who journey together, like an ancient caravan, through what used to be the northern middle states of America. They perform Shakespearean plays for small enclaves of survivors of a deadly, plague-like virus called "the Georgia flu" which decimated most human life on the planet a couple of decades before the main action of the book takes place. The virus spread with alarming speed after a plane from Russia landed in Toronto with several contaminated passengers ... hmmm. But the book, published by Knopf, is full of humor and plot, poetry and character. It is not about the plague per se, but about how those who survive can carry on in the face of such deadly tragedy. There is music that feels right for this novel too, from Agnes Obel, Brad Mehldau, Jeffrey Dean Foster and more.