Orange World and Other Stories: Karen Russell with Téa Obreht

Mon. May 13, 2019 at 6:30pm EDT
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The bestselling author's new short story collection bends reality with uncanny imagination and unmistakable heart.

Orange WorldAlongside the alligator wrestlers and prescient seagulls of her previous books, the tornado farmers, beloved bog girls, and breastfed devils in Karen Russell's new collection, Orange World and Other Stories, are right at home. Widely embraced for her earlier works Swamplandia and Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Florida native Karen Russell returns with a new collection of eight short stories as funny and inventive as they are memorable. Here she explores territory as common as first love, new motherhood, and the fight for a better life with the fantastical and phantasmagoric flair we have come to anticipate and admire in her work.

Russell, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2012 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, will speak about her unique brand of storytelling and navigating plots that take us to the edge of reality and beyond. She will be joined in conversation by novelist Téa Obreht.

For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time. A standby line will form one hour before the program.

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Wachenheim Trustees Room (2nd Floor) The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018