Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Best-selling author Karen Russell will come to campus on Thursday, Sept. 27 to talk about her novel “Swmaplandia!” and other literary works. The event, hosted by the Plan II Honors Program, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Joynes Reading Room, located on the east side of the Carothers Building.
Russell’s debut novel, “Swamplandia!” (Thorndike Press, 2011) tells the story of the Bigtree family, which runs an alligator-wrestling theme park deep in the Florida Everglades. The 13-year-old narrator sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to rescue the park from ruin after finances go south and family members disappear.
The story of “Swamplandia!” first appeared in Russell’s highly acclaimed collection of short stories, “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.” In 2012, the novel was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Russell’s stories have been anthologized in “The Best American Short Stories” and published in Granta, Zoetrope and the New Yorker, where she was also featured among 20 outstanding writers under the age of 40. Her next collection of short stories “Vampires in the Lemon Grove,” will be published in February 2013.
The event is sponsored by the Mary Lu Joynes Endowment in the Plan II Honors Program, the New Writers Project in the Department of English, and the L.L. and Ethel E. Dean Endowment in the School of Undergraduate Studies.