Wed, May 19 | Online via Zoom

Kent Russell in conversation with Karen Russell

Join us in welcoming Kent Russell for his paperback release of In the Land of Good Living: A Journey to the Heart of Florida. He will be joined in conversation by his sister and fellow author, Karen Russell.
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Kent Russell in conversation with Karen Russell

Time & Location

May 19, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Online via Zoom

About the event

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In the summer of 2016, Kent Russell--broke, at loose ends, hungry for adventure--set off to walk across Florida. Mythic, superficial, soaked in contradictions, maligned by cultural elites, segregated from the South, and literally vanishing into the sea, Florida (or, as he calls it: America Concentrate) seemed to Russell to embody America's divided soul. The narrative overflows with historical detail about how modern Florida came into being after World War II, and how it came to be a petri dish for life in a suddenly, increasingly diverse new land of minority-majority cities and of unrivaled ethnic and religious variety. Russell has taken it all in with his incomparably focused lens and delivered a book that is both an inspired travelogue and a profound rumination on the nation's soul--and his own. It is wildly vivid, encyclopedic, erudite, and ferociously irreverent--a deeply ambivalent love letter to his sprawling, brazenly varied home state.

About Kent:

KENT RUSSELL's essays have appeared in The New Republic, Harper's Magazine, GQ, n+1, The Believer, and Grantland. He is the author of I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised A Timid Son. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.  

About Karen: 

KAREN RUSSELL won the 2012 and the 2018 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia!, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is also the author of the novella Sleep Donation and the story collections Orange World and St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. She has earned numerous fellowships and awards. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband and children.

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