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Karen Russell Reads in Central Texas

San Marcos today, Kyle tomorrow

By Monica Riese, 2:45PM, Thu. Apr. 18, 2013

Karen Russell Reads in Central Texas

With apologies for the late notice, Karen Russell is giving a reading this afternoon at Texas State University's Wittliff Collections at 3:30pm.

If you can't make it from here to there in, oh say, 45 minutes, you have another opportunity to catch her at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle tomorrow, at 7:30pm.

Russell may best be remembered for her 2011 novel, Swamplandia! – which takes "a dogleg detour through Florida's literary state" to introduce the Bigtree family, who own an alligator tourist park – or else for her 2007 short story collection, St. Lucy's Home for GIrls Raised by Wolves.

As we put it in our Swamplandia! review:

"She's a writer's writer, an anchor of apologue, wily with words and turns of phrase, a fierce contender against the craftiest allegorical alligator roll."

You might've already missed her once; certainly don't make it twice.

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