May 24, 2012 — The Bigtree children work to protect their family theme park in Swamplandia! It sits at No. 11.
Jan 7, 2012 — In Salvage the Bones, a hurricane threatens a coastal Mississippi town. It debuts at No. 15.
Dec 14, 2011 — 2011 was a terrific year for fiction — both from first-time novelists and much-decorated veterans. Maureen Corrigan's recommendations range from Karen Russell's dazzling debut, to David Foster Wallace's posthumously published novel, to what may be the Sept. 11 novel.
Dec 8, 2011 — Competition threatens a family's theme park in Swamplandia!, on the list for the eighth week.
Nov 17, 2011 — In a celebratory National Book Awards on Wall Street last night, Stephen Greenblatt took the nonfiction award for Swerve, while, in a surprise turn in fiction, Jesmyn Ward won for Salvage the Bones.
Nov 16, 2011 — On Tuesday evening in New York City, the finalists for the National Book Award gathered on the eve of the ceremony to share their work. Listen to the nominated authors read from five sober and splendid works of fiction.
Aug 5, 2011 — A girl travels from her family's theme park to the underworld in Swamplandia! It debuts at No. 15.
Jul 27, 2011 — Dennis Lehane returns to a torn character he invented a decade ago, Ruth Rendell visits London's Portobello Road, Karen Russell sets her debut in the Florida swamps, and Anne Fortier explores Romeo and Juliet in a modern love story. Meanwhile, Rosanne Cash reflects on her life and famous family.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Feb 9, 2011 — Author Karen Russell talks to All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block about her eclectic literary tastes, life in the Everglades and other influences for her debut novel, Swamplandia! — about a gator-wrestling, theme-park-owning family