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Karen Russell

Karen Russell, a native of Miami, won the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2012 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She lives in Philadelphia.

Karen Russell is represented by Random House Speakers Bureau (http://www.rhspeakers.com).
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Karen Russell's Books

Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Named a Best Book of the Year by:The Boston GlobeO, The Oprah MagazineHuffington PostThe A.V. ClubA Washington Post Notable BookAn NPR Great Read...

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Swamplandia!

Swamplandia!

From the celebrated twenty-nine-year-old author of the everywhere-heralded short-story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (“How I wish these were my...

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St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

A San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune Best Book of the YearIn these ten glittering stories, debut author Karen Russell takes...

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Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

…larating voice that cannot be equaled.”—The New York Times Book Review From the author of the New York Times best seller Swamplandia!—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—a magical new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell’s gifts at their inimitable best. A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull’s nest. A community of girls held captive in a silk fac…

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Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

Read the first chapter Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders | IndieBound | Powells | Random House “Vividly worded, exuberant in characterization, the novel is a wild ride: Russell has style in spades.” —Emma Donoghue on the cover of The New York Times Book Review From the celebrated twenty-nine-year-old author of the everywhere-heralded short-story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (“How I wish these were my…

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Karen Russell Named One of National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35

Karen Russell Named One of National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35

Karen Russell, author of St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves has been selected as one of the young fiction writers included in The National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” Russell and the other authors will be recognized at a celebration held on Monday, November 16th at PowerHouse Arena in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Read more about the event on the National Book Award website. St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Karen Russell: 20 Under 40

Two of our wonderful writers, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Karen Russell, have been included by The New Yorker in their periodic list of 20 writers under 40-years-old worth watching. The list will be published in the double fiction issue of The New Yorker that arrives on newsstands Monday. Until then, take a look at Adichie and Russell’s backlist: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (From left to right: Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus, The T…

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Karen Russell's Swamplandia! Named Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Karen Russell's Swamplandia! Named Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Our congratulations to Karen Russell, whose Swamplandia! has been named a 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction. Denis Johnson and the late David Foster Wallace were also named as finalists. Swamplandia! tells the story of thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree’s quest to save her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park. Against a backdrop of hauntingly fecund plant life animated by ancient lizards and lawless hungers, Karen Ru…

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