Smart Bets: Karen Russell

Vampires in the Lemon Grove is not your average collection of short stories. From the title tale, about a pair of immortal beings who quench their thirsts with fresh fruit, the book establishes itself as wonderfully weird. While not all of the eight stories are quite as engaging as that of the vampires (or the one about a group of U.S. presidents reborn as horses on a mysterious farm), author Karen Russell never shies away from off-kilter characters or unexpected plot twists. Russell is known for her acclaimed short story collection St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and the New York Times best-seller Swamplandia. She'll be interviewed during a Malaprop's event by Greta Johnsen, WCQS' Morning Edition host, followed by a book signing and reception. Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include a $5 coupon toward the purchase of the book. malaprops.com. Photo by Michael Lionstar

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