Posts Tagged: Karen Russell
This week, Karen Russell of Swamplandia! fame has a new story in The New Yorker that unearths the self-deceptions beneath what we often think is love, and also unearths a body. In “The Bog Girl,” a teenage boy named Cillian digs up the 2,000-year-old body of a girl that has been perfectly preserved by a peat bog and then, with Russell’s classic flair for the imaginative and the creepy, falls immediately in love with her....more
It’s that time of year again, where writers young and old, from all corners of the country, come to congregate in one gigantic, frenetic, neurotic, alcohol-infused crowd, in a couple of fancy hotels no one can really afford, to stay in and talk shop (or not, depending on how your writing’s been this year)....more
As the story goes, nearly 100 years ago a group of Surrealist artists gathered together and put a new spin on an old parlor game called Consequences. The meeting resulted in their collective authorship of this phrase: “The/ exquisite/ corpse/ will/ drink/ the/ young/ wine.” Now familiar to many writers by the name of “Exquisite Corpse,” the game requires at least three participants who send round a single sheet of paper on which each member, looking only at the entry that came before him or her, makes a written or drawn contribution, folds over the paper, and passes it on to the next person....more
Without boring everybody further, I was thrilled to learn about the ancient evolutionary love story between the Joshua tree and the yucca moth, its exclusive pollinator.
Monday 1/13: New York City’s Boog City Goes West 2014 featuring readings from Amy Berkowitz, Brandon Brown, Donna de la Perrière, Ivy Johnson, David Kirschenbaum, Joseph Lease, and Jill Stengel. Free, 6 p.m. at Alley Cat Gallery.
Tuesday 1/14: The Booksmith hosts a launch party for Motherland, the latest novel from Maria Hummel....more
Atavist, a media and software company responsible for some truly stunning longform nonfiction pieces, is branching out.
March 2014 will mark the launch of Atavist Books, and their first title will be Sleep Donation, a novella by Rumpus interviewee and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Karen Russell, available in digital form only....more
Somewhere between its Kmart and hysterical phases, literary realism got shaken up, when a group of young women writers began crafting a spectral brand of fantastical, strange fiction….Permeating the stories is a sense of omnipresent strangeness made visible.
The Los Angeles Review of Books has a great piece on “our current bumper crop” of women writing—choose your favorite term—magical realism or speculative fiction or just really cool weird stuff....more
If you missed The New Yorker Festival, you can click here to see Rumpus interviewees Karen Russell and Junot Díaz talk to New Yorker’s Willing Davidson about children characters and fantasy genre, as well as Rumpus Book Club interviewee George Saunders discussing his life and career with New Yorker’s Deborah Treisman....more
Among this year’s recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship (or “Genius Grant”) are a paleobotanist, an atomic physicist, and two choreographers.
But we are of course most thrilled to see Rumpus interviewee Karen Russell, whom the MacArthur site describes as a “Fiction writer blending fantastical elements with psychological realism to construct wildly imaginative settings and characters in tales of transformation and redemption.”
MacArthur Fellows receive $625,000 over a five-year period with “no strings attached” and “may use their fellowship to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers.”...more
Exciting news! Recent Rumpus interviewee Karen Russell is shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for her novel Swamplandia!
Nominations for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award are submitted by public libraries worldwide, and any book can be nominated as long as it has an English translation....more
“In your own life, you’re pretty powerless. And then there’s this alternate zone where there’s an external enemy you can fight. It would be easy if there were just a giant alligator Ava and her brother and sister could wrestle, instead of cancer and bankruptcy.”
That’s Karen Russell talking about the role of the children’s adventure-story plot in her novel, Swamplandia....more
Litquake talks with Swamplandia author Karen Russell in a final interview before the festival’s kick-off tomorrow! The conversation reveals abhorred writing styles; overused phrases; favorite writers, words and fiction heroes; and more.
“I like assigning The Waves and Geek Love to students, or a book like Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son, because you can practically watch their pupils dilate as they read them—I think there are certain books that are so stylistically innovative or so wholly “other” that they detonate inside readers....more