"Vampires in the Lemon Grove"

"Vampires in the Lemon Grove"

Karen Russell earned early praise for her work: a coveted "5 Under 35" award from the National Book Foundation for her first short story collection, and her first novel, "Swamplandia!," was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. She's in the studio with Kojo to talk about her latest work.

Author Karen Russell's work defies easy categorization, blending elements of fantasy, horror and realism. Russell's new short story collection ventures away from her native Florida where her earlier books were set, and takes readers to richly-drawn worlds from Italy to Minnesota. Russell joins Kojo in the studio to talk about her work.

Guests

Karen Russell

author, "Vampires in the Lemon Grove", "Swamplandia!"

Inside The Studio

Karen Russell reads from her new short story collection, "Vampires in the Lemon Grove." Excerpts include the first chapter, which shares the book's title, and "The barn at the end of our turn," about dead U.S. presidents who are reincarnated into the bodies of horses.

Read An Excerpt

Excerpted from "Vampires in the Lemon Grove" by Karen Russell. Copyright © 2013 by Karen Russell. Excerpted by permission of Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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