Posts Tagged: Karen Russell

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Kimberly Lojewksi

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Kimberly Lojewski discusses WORM FIDDLING NOCTURNE IN THE KEY OF A BROKEN HEART.

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Change Is Necessary: A Conversation with Kristen Arnett

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Kristen Arnett discusses her debut collection, Felt in the Jaw, how place informs writing, and deciding to hold her book release party at a local 7-Eleven.

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People and Poetry: A Conversation with Kim Fu

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Poet and novelist Kim Fu discusses her new novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, how poetry impacts her fiction, and the expectations that accompany a book about lost children.

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What to Read When You’re Thinking about Florida

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In celebration of our Floridian friends and family, we’ve compiled a list of great books that take place in, engage with, or otherwise visit the “Sunshine state.”

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Finding Comfort in the Discomfort: Talking with Juan Martinez

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Juan Martinez discusses his debut collection Best Worst American, his relationship to the English language, and why Nabokov ruined his writing for years.

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VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Jaquira Díaz

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Jaquira Díaz discusses the challenge of writing about family members, her greatest joy as a writer, and her literary role models.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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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 […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Christopher Boucher

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Novelist Christopher Boucher talks about writing so-called “experimental” fiction, both embracing and denying the metaphor, and apples.

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United Offers Elite Lit Mag of the Skies

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What do authors Anthony Doerr, Karen Russell, Elissa Schappell, and Rick Moody have in common? While The Rumpus is tickled to have featured these illustrious authors within our pages, we can’t say we’ve offered them the opportunity to be read amongst the clouds. Exclusively for its first class and business class patrons, United Airlines now […]

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This Week in Short Fiction: A Guide to AWP

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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). That’s right: […]

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This Week in Short Fiction

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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 […]

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Notable SF: 1/13–1/19

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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. Free, 7:30 p.m. […]

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Atavist Books to Launch with Karen Russell Novella

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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. Sleep Donation is about a woman […]

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Women Writing Weird Words

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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 […]

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Videos of the New Yorker Festival

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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.

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Meet the 2013 MacArthur Geniuses

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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 […]

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Karen Russell Shortlisted for an IMPAC

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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. Winning authors receive, £100,000, the most valuable literary prize […]

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Karen Russell Interview

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“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 […]

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Litquake Interviews Karen Russell

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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 […]

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