Author Karen Russell will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, in Oregon State University's Valley Library Rotunda, 201 SW Waldo Place, Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Russell is the author of two collections of short stories, "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" and "Vampires in the Lemon Grove," and two novels, "Sleep Donation" and "Swamplandia!," which was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Her short stories have been featured in The New Yorker, Oxford American, Conjunctions, and three of her stories have been selected for volumes of "The Best American Short Stories." She won the 2011 Bard Fiction Prize and the 2012 National Magazine Award for Fiction.

Russell holds a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University.

This reading is part of the 2016-17 Creative Writing Program's Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to OSU. The event is free.

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