The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker
Karen Russell reads her story “The Ghost Birds,” from the October 11, 2021, issue of the magazine. Russell is the author of five books of fiction, including the story collection “Orange World,” which was published in 2019, and the novel “Swamplandia,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. She was made a MacArthur fellow in 2013.
Join Wendy and Amy for a deep dive discussion of Karen Russell's short story "Haunting Olivia." They look at how the power of grief and guilt can affect family bonds and how a pair of magic goggles might provide closure for a family dealing with the unthinkable. Do you believe in ghosts? Pop a cork to the power of hope!NEXT EPISODE: The Spiderling by Marcia Preston paired with Enza ProseccoLinks from today's episode:Short Story: "Haunting Olivia" (free read)Karen Russell's WebsiteBook Browse InterviewVoodoo Name Book Luna d'Or ProseccoProsecco Through A Straw Guy--Chris ChianesiEastern Airline Flight 401Haunted Places Website
Othello and zombies. Thanks to the awesome Patreon supporter who commissioned this episode! Support the show and gain access to dozens of bonus episodes by becoming a patron on Patreon. Rate and review the show to help us reach more readers and listeners. Not enough science-fiction and fantasy in your life? Join us on The Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast! Love Star Trek? Come find us on the Lower Decks! Neil Gaiman fan? Love comics? Join us on Hanging Out With the Dream King: A Neil Gaiman Podcast. Check out Glenn's medieval history podcast Agnus! Find out how you can commission a special bonus episode here. Join the conversation on the Claytemple Forum. Follow Claytemple Media on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our newsletter. Follow Glenn on Facebook and Twitter. Check out Glenn's weird fiction story "Goodbye to All That" on the Tales to Terrify Podcast. Next time: The first of two episodes on the Roger Zelazny novella The Furies. Music: http://www.purple-planet.com
Othello and zombies. Thanks to the awesome Patreon supporter who commissioned this episode! Support the show and gain access to dozens of bonus episodes by becoming a patron on Patreon. Rate and review the show to help us reach more readers and listeners. Not enough science-fiction and fantasy in your life? Join us on The Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast! Love Star Trek? Come find us on the Lower Decks! Neil Gaiman fan? Love comics? Join us on Hanging Out With the Dream King: A Neil Gaiman Podcast. Check out Glenn's medieval history podcast Agnus! Find out how you can commission a special bonus episode here. Join the conversation on the Claytemple Forum. Follow Claytemple Media on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our newsletter. Follow Glenn on Facebook and Twitter. Check out Glenn's weird fiction story "Goodbye to All That" on the Tales to Terrify Podcast. Next time: A discussion of Black Corfu. Music: http://www.purple-planet.com
Margaret Atwood, interviewed by Karen Russell (Rebroadcast)
The Archive Project
This episode features a conversation between Margaret Atwood and Portland’s own Karen Russell, which took place during the virtual 2020 Portland Book Festival. With a career spanning decades, genres, and forms, Margaret Atwood is easily one of the most important writers alive today. She has been published in 45 countries, and written seminal works of fiction that have become a part of the cultural fabric and touchstones for millions of readers. But while many are familiar with Atwood’s fiction, she has also been, from the beginning of her career, one of our most significant contemporary poets. We welcomed Atwood to the Portland Book Festival to talk about her first collection of poetry in over a decade, entitled Dearly. What is so engrossing about this conversation is that it ranges Atwood’s entire career and cuts across her broad sets of interests, from her first book, a collection of poetry called The Circle Game, to the primitive book tours of the 1960s, to vampires, Shakespeare, and the way poetry has evolved through the decades. Atwood gets to all of these subjects and more with incredible insight, humor, and vision. “If an artform doesn’t reinvent itself, it will die. If it doesn’t keep moving to new kinds of creators and new kinds of audiences, it will die. The arts move. They don’t just sit there being arts.” Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; The Heart Goes Last; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. In 2019, The Testaments won the Booker Prize and was long-listed for The Giller Prize. She lives in Toronto. Karen Russell won the 2012 and the 2018 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has also written Orange World and, most recently, Sleep Donation. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, the “5 under 35” prize from the National Book Foundation, the NYPL Young Lions Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, and is a former fellow of the Cullman Center and the American Academy in Berlin. She currently holds the Endowed Chair at Texas State University’s MFA program, and lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son.
Tania James and Karen Russell - Creative Writing Program
Tania James, author of The Tusk That Did The Damage sits down with Karen Russell, author of Sleep Donation and Swamplandia! to discuss writing toward ambiguity, crazy stories, and more in this edition of the Creative Writing Program's Visiting Writers series.
The Ticking Meter: Karen Russell on Money, Motherhood and Writing
Wealthsimple Magazine Podcast
Why do mothers feel guilty when they work? And guilty when they don’t? Is making art a selfish act? Why does every moment of our lives come with a price tag? The award-winning novelist and short story writer Karen Russell takes all that on, and tells her own personal money story.
Karen Russell, award-winning author of Swamplandia!, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Orange World, Sleep Donation, and more sits down with Fall for the Book's Kara Oakleaf and Suzy Rigdon to talk magic, ghosts, and writing to uncertainty.
Karen Russell | Sleep Donation with Charles Yu | Interior Chinatown
Free Library Podcast
Karen Russell's debut novel, Swamplandia!, the tale of a family's run-down alligator-themed Everglades amusement park, was a New York Times Best Book of the Year, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a nominee for the Orange Prize. Her short story collections include Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Orange World and Other Stories, and St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. She is the Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University's MFA program, and her many honors include fellowships from the MacArthur and Guggenheim Foundations and the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novelette. A dystopian novella ''with a Swiftian sense of satire'' (Boston Globe), Sleep Donation tells the story of a corporate recruiter's battle against a lethal insomnia epidemic. Book and signed book plate available through the Joseph Fox Bookshop. ''A superhero of rendering human consciousness and emotion'' (New York Times Book Review), Charles Yu is the author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, a romp through quantum space-time that was one of Time magazine's best books of the year. A recipient of the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Award, he has twice been nominated for Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on HBO's Westworld. A send-up and take-down of Tinseltown tropes and racial stereotypes, Interior Chinatown follows a protagonist who fights to see himself as the hero in his own life story. Yu won the National Book Award in Fiction for 2020. Book and signed book plate available through the Joseph Fox Bookshop. (recorded 11/19/2020)
Postmodern Novels of the South Discussion: Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Karen Russell's Swamplandia! takes a surprising turn from magic to realism. We talk about how Russell does this and whether or not it works for us. Also, is this novel postmodern or is it something else? This is the second novel in our Postmodern Novels of the South series. Want to talk about Swamplandia? Join our book club discussion here: https://www.reddit.com/r/CanonicalPod where you can also find show notes, credits and extended discussions for every episode. Next week, we will review Walker Percy's The Moviegoer. We hope you will join us! You can support us by rating/liking/sharing our podcast! Subscribe to us here: Apple | Stitcher | Spotify | Google | Youtube You can also support us by buying Swamplandia! or another book from one of our curated lists: https://bookshop.org/shop/CanonicalPod. We earn a commission on every purchase and your local indie bookstore gets a cut too! We are also on Twitter and Facebook @CanonicalPod. Follow us to get updates on upcoming episodes!