Karen Russell, author of the bestselling novel Swamplandia!, talks about her new book of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove.
Karen Russell was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to discuss her new collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. She also told us what she's been reading and listening to...and the allure of the "season packet" that comes with Stouffer's stuffing.
The Republican National Convention was a scripted, curated affair. Yet so many news stories from Florida are genuinely odd. Brooke speaks with Florida crime reporter Will Greenlee and novelist Karen Russell (a Floridian herself) about some of the weirdest stories and why Florida is such fertile ground for strangeness.
Fats Waller - Alligator Crawl
Karen Russell, author of the celebrated short-story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, discusses her debut novel Swamplandia! It tells the story of Ava Bigtree, of the Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty, who lives in the Florida Everglades, which is in decline and is being encroached upon by a sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. When her family in disarray, Ava is left to manage 98 alligators as well as her own grief.
Read some of Karen Russell's favorite picks!