Winter 2014

Karen Russell: Vampires in the Lemon Grove

The worlds of writer Karen Russell are wild and weird. Her latest, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, is no exception. Who else would morph Japanese women into silkworms, expose the surprising antidote to a vampire couple's bloodthirsty inclinations, and rewrite the Iraq war by entering the tattooed back of a veteran? Time Out Chicago's Laura Pearson will join this sublime storyteller, newly minted MacArthur Fellow, and one of the New Yorker’s 20 Under 40, as she reinvents magical realism for our generation.

Photo by Michael Lionstar

Speakers and Performers

Karen Russell

Karen Russell, a native of Miami, won the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia!, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, she is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA program and was also a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2012 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

Laura Pearson

Laura Pearson is the arts and culture editor of Time Out Chicago. She has contributed articles and criticism to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Gapers Block and many other publications. Active in many aspects of the city's literary scene, she helped plan the first Chicago Book Expo; edited Chicago Artists Resource, launching the website's literary section in 2010; and worked to grow the publishing arm of local record label, Drag City.