At age 25, Karen Russell has been featured in both The New Yorker‘s debut fiction issue and New York magazine’s list of 25 people to watch under the age of 26. On Wednesday, Nov. 17, Russell will be on campus reading from her work of fiction “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.”
She has always had a love for books. In an interview with The New Yorker in June of this year, she said she prayed from a young age to become a writer – “or, failing that, to find or invent some job for which I got to read books in air-conditioning.” One of the first fiction novels that impacted Russell was “The Day of the Triffids,” a 1951 British sci-fi book by John Wyndham. “I loved the way that Wyndham took an impossible premise and blew it up into a world that felt frightening and strange and indisputably real,” she said.
Russell is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program and is the 2005 recipient of the Transatlantic Review/Henfield Foundation Award; her fiction recently appeared in Conjunctions, Granta, Zoetrope, Oxford American, and The New Yorker. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction titled: “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves,” first published by Random House in 2006. Her second novel “Swamplandia!” is expected in stores early February, 2011.
Her reading will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room, The event is brought to HWS by the Faculty Speaker’s Fund, Writers Reading and the English Department. It is free and open to the public and will be followed by a short reception; books by the author will be on sale at the event.