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2020/2021 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

Karen Russell

Monday January 26, 2015 7:30 pm


Cullen Theater, Wortham Center
501 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX United States
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978-0-307-95723-8_1_KAREN RUSSELL “is arguably our greatest fantasist writing serious fiction today,” declares NPR, and People magazine writes, “Karen Russell is a storyteller with a voice like no other.” Her debut story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, published when she was in her twenties, was called “original and astonishing, joyful and unsettling” in a starred Booklist review. Her novel Swamplandia! was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and selected by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2011. Her other works include Vampires in the Lemon Grove and Other Stories and the e-book Sleep Donation: A Novella. Time Out Chicago calls Vampires “dazzlingly strange ….  vacillating between horror and humor, Russell’s writing recalls both George Saunders and vintage Stephen King, sometimes simultaneously.” Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times writes, “[Russell] has fashioned a quirky, textured voice that is thoroughly her own: lyrical and funny, fantastical and meditative.” Russell was the youngest of the 2013 MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellowship recipients, and she has been included in The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40, the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, and among Granta’s Best Young American Novelists.

Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.

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“This Week in Fiction: Karen Russell,” The New Yorker, June 2, 2014. Karen Russell talks about the spiritual power of Joshua trees.

“Terminal Tossing and Turning” by Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times, April 2, 2014. A review of Russell’s e-book Sleep Donation.

Article and interview on NPR’s Fresh Air about Sleep Donation.

“Karen Russell: How I Write.” Interview by Noah Charney in The Daily Beast, Feb. 2, 2013.

Review of Swamplandia! by Janet Maslin in The New York Times, Feb. 16, 2011.



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