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Karen Russell  

Author of the Acclaimed Bestseller "Swamplandia!"

Karen Russell’s debut novel, "Swamplandia!," was chosen by The New York Times as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2011,” and was long-listed for The Orange Prize. Russell has been featured in The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” list, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. In 2009, she received the “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation. In 2013, recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant”.

Russell is a captivating speaker who has appeared at venues like the Savannah College of Art & Design and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Formerly a writer-in-residence at Bard College and Bryn Mawr College, she is the recipient of the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Berlin Prize and was awarded a fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin.

Russell is also the author of the celebrated short-story collection, "St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" (Knopf, September 2006). Her collection of short stories, "Vampires in the Lemon Grove," was published by Knopf in January 2013. Russell received her B.A. from Northwestern University in 2003, and her MFA from Columbia University in 2006.

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