Start: 7:00 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes The Diesel Readers back to the store to discuss Swamplandia! by Karen Russell on Monday, June 18th at 7pm.Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia! (her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park) in the Florida Everglades. But when illness besets Ava's mother, the park's indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos: her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness.Karen Russell, a native of Miami, has been featured in The New Yorker's debut fiction issue and on their "20 Under 40" list, and was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. Three of her short stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories volumes. She is currently writer-in-residence at Bard College.This event is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend!