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Pulitzer Finalist Karen Russell (“Swamplandia!”) Is English Dept’s Next “Great Writer”

Hofstra’s annual Great Writers, Great Readings Series continues its 12th season with author Karen Russell on Monday, October 19, 2015, at 7  p.m. Location is the Guthart Theater, first floor, Axinn Library, South Campus. 

Karen Russell’s debut novel, Swamplandia!, was chosen by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2011 and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

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 she was named a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship – the youngest of the year’s 24 winners.

Great Writers, Great Readings is sponsored by the English Department and the MFA in Creative Writing Program. Events are free and open to the public. The series’ next guest on November 18 is Professor Julia Markusauthor of the new biography, Lady Byron and Her Daughters.  

For more information call the HCLAS Dean’s Office at 516-463-5410.

10/20/15 Update: During her visit to Hofstra, Ms. Russell read “Reeling for the Empire,” from her collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Watch the video.

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