Hugo Literary Series: Karen Russell, Tyehimba Jess, Tara Conklin, and Little Spirits
Fri, May 29 at 7:30pm
In the final installment of this season's Hugo Literary Series, three writers and a musician take on the theme "Strange Appetites."
Featuring Pulitzer Prize finalist Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! and Orange World; Pultizer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess; bestselling local novelist Tara Conklin, with new music from singer-songwriter performance duo Little Spirits and a third writer to be announced soon.
For tickets to all four Lit Series events, reserved seating, and access to private Meet & Greet receptions with the authors, purchase a series pass here.
About the Performers
Karen Russell won the 2012 and the 2018 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and one of The New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2011. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim award and is a former fellow of the NYPL Cullman Center and the American Academy in Berlin. She graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University and received her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Leadbelly was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004–2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2018. Jess is a Professor of English at College of Staten Island.
Tara Conklin is a writer and former lawyer whose first novel, The House Girl, (William Morrow) was a New York Times bestseller, #1 IndieNext pick, Target book club pick and has been translated into 8 languages. Her second novel, The Last Romantics (William Morrow) was published in February 2019 to wide acclaim. An instant New York Times bestseller, The Last Romantics was a Barnes & Noble Book Club Pick, IndieNext Pick, and was selected by Jenna Bush Hager as the inaugural read for The Today Show Book Club.