A Conversation with Karen Russell, 7-9 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $15-$65.99, convergelectureseries.org.
ear the end of 2018, the Converge Lecture Series
hosted its last event at the Pinery at the Hill, where it has brought prominent and diverse authors and poets to speak on the subject of “moral beauty” since October of 2017. Now, they’ve moved to an ambitious new venue, the Ent Center for the Arts’ Shockley-Zalabak Theater, an auditorium with almost 800 seats serving to expand the program’s reach to students and more. “We kind of want to blow it out a little bit and see if we can make it more accessible to the Springs community,” Converge founder Samuel Stephenson told the Indy
last September. Celebrated author Karen Russell will give the first Converge lecture in this new space, kicking off a year of lectures by prominent women writers. Russell, whose debut novel Swamplandia!
was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has written short stories and novels to great critical acclaim, even winning the National Magazine Award and a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. Her works tend to contain elements of the uncanny, verging into magical realism and horror, but always with a uniquely outrageous spin that keeps the reader engaged. She should prove an appropriate choice to begin Converge’s new, even more accessible, era.