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Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! this summer
Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! this summer

Spokane is reading this summer, and will be diving into the swamp lands of Florida for the 13th year of the community reading event. This summer Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! by Karen Russell.

Spokane is Reading selects a new book every summer and is organized by the Spokane County Library District, Spokane Public Library, and Auntie’s Bookstore. The program is designed to get the community reading, and copies of the book are readily available at the libraries and at Auntie’s throughout the summer. In the past, Spokane is Reading has enjoyed selections from Sherman Alexie, Jess Walter and Laurie R. King. Last summer, readers had fun with Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple.

This year, Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. Russell is a 2012 Pulitzer Prize nominee and the 2012 Andrew Carnegie Medal recipient for Excellence in Fiction. Known for her complex prose, Russell was awarded the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” in 2013 for her writing.


Swamplandia! takes readers into the world of the Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty in the Florida Everglades. As young Ava struggles to save the family theme park, Swamplandia!, her family falls into a world of grief and disrepair. With the World of Darkness encroaching on everything she knows, Ava heads into a part of the swamp called the Underworld to save her family.

Karen Russell will visit Spokane readers at two events on October 16th, one at the Spokane Valley Event Center in the afternoon, and the second at the Bing Crosby Theater that evening. Both events are free.

Spokane is Reading is supported by the various Friends of the Library groups in Spokane and Spokane County.

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