Discussion Free and Open to the Public Monday, April 9

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – March 26, 2012) - - - Swamplandia!, Karen Russell’s novel and soon-to-be HBO mini-series, is the subject of Dr. Kevin Brown’s discussion on Monday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in room 120 of the Waymon L. Hickman building on the Columbia State Community College main campus. Selected as one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” top fiction writers, Russell’s novel tracks a dysfunctional family through a mysterious land filled with the miseries of life in a failing alligator park.
The discussion will be led by Brown, a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, where he teaches argumentative writing and courses in American folk literature.
“Suspending one’s reality to submerge into a world of magic and paranormal is required in order to follow the Bigtrees, a family haunted by ghosts, obsessed by the past and confronted by a changing world in which alligator wrestling may not be the future,” Brown said.
“It’s not a difficult task with the vivid descriptions of this alternate world while keeping us completely anchored in the nitty-gritty of daily life,” Brown continued.

The discussion is free and open to the public. The Columbia State main campus is located at 1665 Hampshire Pike in Columbia.

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