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February 13, 2011 | Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Swamplandia! A Novel Karen Russell Alfred A. Knopf: 320 pp., $24.95 "Uh-oh. Run for your life. This girl is on fire," this reviewer wrote in these pages in 2006, when Karen Russell's unnerving collection of stories, "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" appeared on the horizon. "Swamplandia!" (under the name "Ava Wrestles the Alligator") was a story in that collection, this novel a glimmer in the author's eye. Here it is again, but older, more mature, bigger in its novel form, like a knock-kneed teenager all grown up. "Swamplandia!"
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September 25, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Writers Donald Antrim and Karen Russell join 22 others as 2013 MacArthur fellows, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced Wednesday. At 32, Russell is one of the two youngest fellows in the 2013 class; at 55, Antrim is one of the two eldest. Antrim is the author of three novels -- "Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World" (1993), "The Hundred Brothers" (1997), and "The Verificationist" (2000) -- and a memoir, "The Afterlife" (2006). Sometimes his work is built around a central conceit: "The Hundred Brothers" sets 100 brothers in the same room.
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February 15, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Here's a small and not-remotely-comprehensive list of weird things that happened in Florida last year: A woman was arrested for riding a manatee; a giant blue eyeball washed up on a beach; a mom and daughter started a tandem porn-star team; and a guy died after winning (or perhaps losing) a roach-eating contest in an attempt to win a pet python from a reptile store. When that's a typical Floridian news cycle, who needs fantasy? That's the trouble with Karen Russell's new story collection, "Vampires in the Lemon Grove," her first book since the reputation-sealing novel "Swamplandia!
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April 15, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The Pulitzer Prize in fiction, announced Monday, has been awarded to Adam Johnson for his book set in North Korea, "The Orphan Master's Son. " The committee described the book as "an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart. " Johnson teaches at Stanford; "The Orphan Master's Son" is his third book. Sharon Olds won the poetry award for her collection "Stag's Leap," cited as "a stunningly poignant sequence of poems that tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory and new freedom.
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April 9, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award announced its shortlist for 2013 on Tuesday, and a refreshingly diverse group it is, with five novels in translation -- from Japan, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, and France -- listed along with one British, one Irish and three American novels.  The prize, which carries a pot of more than $150,000, is the most valuable one in the world. Shortlisted titles this year include Karen Russell's "Swamplandia" (which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer last year)
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September 25, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Writers Donald Antrim and Karen Russell join 22 others as 2013 MacArthur fellows, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced Wednesday. At 32, Russell is one of the two youngest fellows in the 2013 class; at 55, Antrim is one of the two eldest. Antrim is the author of three novels -- "Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World" (1993), "The Hundred Brothers" (1997), and "The Verificationist" (2000) -- and a memoir, "The Afterlife" (2006). Sometimes his work is built around a central conceit: "The Hundred Brothers" sets 100 brothers in the same room.
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April 15, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The Pulitzer Prize in fiction, announced Monday, has been awarded to Adam Johnson for his book set in North Korea, "The Orphan Master's Son. " The committee described the book as "an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart. " Johnson teaches at Stanford; "The Orphan Master's Son" is his third book. Sharon Olds won the poetry award for her collection "Stag's Leap," cited as "a stunningly poignant sequence of poems that tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory and new freedom.
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April 17, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
The 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to no one, it was announced Monday. The Pulitzer judges did reveal that three books had been named finalists, but declined to award one the prize. The three finalists  were "Train Dreams" by Denis Johnson, "Swamplandia!" by Karen Russell and "The Pale King" by David Foster Wallace. In deciding the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, a committee of readers, which changes annually, recommends a small slate of titles to a panel of judges, who choose the winner.
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May 25, 2011
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September 24, 2006 | Susan Salter Reynolds
----- St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves Stories Karen Russell Alfred A. Knopf: 242 pp., $22 "A cartographer of imaginary places." How I wish those were my own words, instead of breakneck demon writer Karen Russell's, whose stories begin, in prose form, where the jabberwock left off, inspiring a dangerous, often unflattering loosening of the vocabulary.
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April 9, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award announced its shortlist for 2013 on Tuesday, and a refreshingly diverse group it is, with five novels in translation -- from Japan, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, and France -- listed along with one British, one Irish and three American novels.  The prize, which carries a pot of more than $150,000, is the most valuable one in the world. Shortlisted titles this year include Karen Russell's "Swamplandia" (which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer last year)
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February 15, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Here's a small and not-remotely-comprehensive list of weird things that happened in Florida last year: A woman was arrested for riding a manatee; a giant blue eyeball washed up on a beach; a mom and daughter started a tandem porn-star team; and a guy died after winning (or perhaps losing) a roach-eating contest in an attempt to win a pet python from a reptile store. When that's a typical Floridian news cycle, who needs fantasy? That's the trouble with Karen Russell's new story collection, "Vampires in the Lemon Grove," her first book since the reputation-sealing novel "Swamplandia!
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2011 | Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Swamplandia! A Novel Karen Russell Alfred A. Knopf: 320 pp., $24.95 "Uh-oh. Run for your life. This girl is on fire," this reviewer wrote in these pages in 2006, when Karen Russell's unnerving collection of stories, "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" appeared on the horizon. "Swamplandia!" (under the name "Ava Wrestles the Alligator") was a story in that collection, this novel a glimmer in the author's eye. Here it is again, but older, more mature, bigger in its novel form, like a knock-kneed teenager all grown up. "Swamplandia!"
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May 18, 2012
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