Karen Russell’s most recent book of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, published in 2014, was named a best book of the year by The Boston Globe, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post, and The A.V. Club. Her debut novel Swamplandia! published in 2011, has received wide critical acclaim. In 2012 it was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, a finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and a recipient of The New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award.