Karen Russell Discusses "Orange World and Other Stories"
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Karen Russell Discusses "Orange World and Other Stories"
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryThe author of “Swamplandia!” and “Vampires in the Lemon Grove” reads from a stunning new collection of short fiction.
View in Catalog"Orange World and Other Stories" by Karen Russell
DescriptionKaren Russell’s comedic genius and mesmerizing talent for creating outlandish predicaments that uncannily mirror our inner in lives is on full display in the eight exuberant, arrestingly vivid, unforgettable stories in “Orange World and Other Stories.” In “Bog Girl,” a revelatory story about first love, a young man falls in love with a two-thousand-year-old girl that he’s extracted from a mass of peat in a Northern European bog.  In “The Prospectors,” two opportunistic young women fleeing the depression strike out for new territory, and find themselves fighting for their lives.  In the brilliant, hilarious title story, a new mother desperate to ensure her infant’s safety strikes a diabolical deal, agreeing to breastfeed the devil in exchange for his protection. The landscape in which these stories unfold is a feral, slippery, purgatorial space, bracketed by the void—yet within it Russell captures the exquisite beauty and tenderness of ordinary life. “Orange World” is a miracle of storytelling from a true modern master.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times, and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Praise for the Book
"A feast of invention and a fun house of surprising wisdom, ‘Orange World’ contains a ghost-ship lodge, tourist trade in a post-apocalyptic drowned city, a tornado farm, a local succubus. Karen Russell moves from the farcical to the forbidden with tender conviction. Don't miss this book of marvels!" -- Louise Erdrich

"Amidst the leading pack of talents Karen Russell writes the most like she’s on fire, as in: this close to revelations. Orange World is her best collection yet. Her imagination’s baroque syntax has been planed down to the absolute essentials, allowing the power of her vision to speak for itself... This is prophetic work written with clarifying fury." -- John Freeman, Lit Hub

About the Author
Karen Russell won the 2012 and the 2018 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, the "5 under 35" prize from the National Book Foundation, the NYPL Young Lions Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, and is a former fellow of the Cullman Center and the American Academy in Berlin. She currently holds the Endowed Chair at Texas State University's MFA program, and lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son.
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