Posted on September 8, 2014 at 6:00 am
Spokane Is Reading, sponsored and organized by Spokane County Library District, Spokane Public Library, and Auntie’s Bookstore, hosts two appearances with Ms. Russell on Thursday, October 16, 2014. The first appearance is at the Spokane Valley Event Center (10514 E. Sprague) at 1pm, and the second at The Bing Crosby Theatre (901 W. Sprague) at 7pm. Both events are free admission.
This year’s Spokane is Reading selection, Swamplandia!, is set in the weird world of Southern Florida where, amongst the mosquitoes, there is a strange mingling of ghosts, gators, and three siblings whose lives are a bit adrift.
The novel has been nominated for a number of awards including the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction and the 2012 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Most notably, Karen Russell was awarded the pestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” in 2013 for her writing. Add alligators on top of all those honors and you’ve got a novel that Stephen King calls, “Brilliant, funny, original . . . this book will not leave my mind.”
Spokane Is Reading is a community read designed to encourage reading throughout the region and is one of the longest-running community reads in the State of Washington. Over the years, it has celebrated such authors as Sherman Alexie, Jess Walter, Laurie R. King, Chris Cleave, Kent Haruf, and Maria Semple. Generous support for Spokane is Reading comes from the various Friends of the Library groups in Spokane County and the City of Spokane.