Karen Russell's debut novel, Swamplandia!, was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.Swamplandia! was also chosen by The New York Times as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2011,” and was long-listed for The Orange Prize. She has also authored two highly acclaimed short story collections: St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (Knopf, 2006) and Vampires in the Lemon Grove (Knopf, 2013). Russell has been featured in The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” list, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. In 2009, she received the “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation.
Every year Mount Mercy University hosts three or four different visiting writers. During each visit, there is a Q&A — your time to ask the writers questions — and an evening reading — the writers' time to share their most recent work with you. You'll also have the chance to chat with the visiting writers over dinner or while they are signing your book.