Author Karen Russell Ventures Into the Swamps of Her Imagination

February 9th, 2011, 11:00 am by Sara
Karen Russell

Karen Russell

Since the publication of her 2006 short-story collection “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised By Wolves” (Knopf), 29-year-old Miami native Karen Russell has enjoyed the sort of critical acclaim usually only reserved for veteran literary heavyweights.

Russell’s tall tales, usually set in the swamps of a mythic and mystical Deep South, have drawn comparisons to revered fabulists like Italo Calvino and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. And no less a light than Stephen King has declared that her recently published debut novel, “Swamplandia!” (Knopf), is “brilliant, funny (and) original . . . this book will not leave my mind.”

In anticipation of her visit to the NYS Writers Institute on Thursday, Nippertown sent the author some questions so as to gain some insight into how this conjurer works her magic – the usual questions for a most extraordinary writer:

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