Swamplandia! author Karen Russell in Columbus November 3

Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!, is the final author in The Thurber House’s Evenings with Authors Fall series:

Thursday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus Performing Arts Center
549 Franklin Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215

The accolades for this debut novel catapulted it to the top of bestseller lists from coast to coast. Recipient of the National Book Foundations 5 Under 35 Award; featured in The New Yorker’s list of “20 under 40 Authors to Watch”; nominated for the Orange Prize, Karen Russell’s stellar talent leaves others breathless in her wake. Swamplandia! is a rundown tourist attraction in the Everglades of Florida, owned by a clan of alligator wrestlers. To reveal more would be to rob the reader of the experience of getting to know the BigTree family, each of them vivid and exuberantly rendered characters set in an equally vivid and exuberant story.

Russell was recently named the recipient of the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Berlin Prize and Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin for Spring 2012, she is currently writer-in-residence at Bard College in upstate New York. Swamplandia! was just optioned by HBO for a half hour series produced by Scott Rudin, who worked on The Social Network feature film.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season - oh, and watching golf too).

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