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Voltaire's Coffee: Swamplandia! by Karen Russell, hosted by Matt Valentine, Joynes Reading Room Coordinator and Plan II lecturer

Wed, August 29, 2012 • 7:00 PM • Joynes Reading Room (map to Carothers, the Joynes Suite is accessed through the Honors Quad, the door is on the east side of Carothers)

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Swamplandia! by Karen Russell, hosted by Matt Valentine, Joynes Reading Room Coordinator and Plan II lecturer

Wednesday, 29 August at 7pm, Joynes Reading Room (map to Carothers, the Joynes Suite is accessed through the Honors Quad, the door is on the east side of Carothers)

Karen Russell dazzled readers with the short stories in her first collection, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. One of the youngest writers on the New Yorker's "20 Under 40" list, Karen Russell is more than a notable prodigy. Her novel Swamplandia! is not just good for a young writer—it is masterful writing by any measure, and was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Set deep in the Everglades, the novel tells the story of the Bigtree family, who run a tourist attraction featuring alligators (and alligator wrestling). The family is beset by tragedy and adventure.

Matt Valentine teaches a junior seminar on creative writing for the Plan II Program, as well as an elective course on photography. His writing and photography have been published in several newspapers, magazines, and books. Most recently, his photos have appeared in the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. Valentine also hosts the Joynes Reading Room Literary Series, which brings the very best writers from throughout the US and abroad to UT Austin to read from and discuss their work.

Sponsored by: Plan II Honors Program and the Liberal Arts Honors Programs


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