Word Works: Karen Russell

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Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Genius Karen Russell's fiction—including her first book of stories, ST. LUCY'S HOME FOR GIRLS RAISED BY WOLVES, and her wave-making debut novel, SWAMPLANDIA!—is the stuff of enchantment: gator-wrestling theme parks, magical swamps, wolf-like girls, and other fantastically rendered phenomena.

If you're going to radically rearrange nature, you have some additional responsibilities to the reader. Namely, that you don't get tripped out on your godlike power and violate the parameters of your created world. In the same way that you can break a reader’s heart by playing fast and loose with the rules of your Oz, you can also fail a reader by getting sloppy on the Kansas details.

In her Word Works talk, "Engineering Impossible Architectures," Russell will discuss the importance of precise details and a consistent, rule-governed world in fantastical fiction.

An onstage Q&A with Seattle-based writer Diana Xin will follow the talk.

$12 general admission | $10 Hugo House member | $5 student

*Note: Tickets will not be available online the day of the event. Tickets at the door will be based on availability and will cost $15 for general, member, or student.

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About Word Works:

For those who sit and stare in wonder at a sentence, a turn of phrase, or a particularly great execution of a literary device, marveling at how they could come about, Word Works talks show writers at their most revealing, with live close-readings demonstrating different facets of writing to illimunate the page for both writers and readers.
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By: Hugo House

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