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Karen Thompson Walker

Karen Thompson Walker is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Age of Miracles (2012), which was named one of the best books of the year by People, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Publishers Weekly.  This powerful debut follows a young girl and her family, who awake one morning to discover that the rotation of the Earth has suddenly begun to slow, stretching the length of the 24-hour day and throwing the natural world into disarray. It's a big, speculative book, but at heart, it's a simple human drama, told through the eyes of an observant adolescent girl. The Age of Miracles has been translated into 27 languages, was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and has been optioned for a television series by AMC.

Her latest novel, The Dreamers (Jan 2019), is another mesmerizing story of a town transformed by a mysterious sickness that locks victims in perpetual sleep and triggers extraordinary, life-altering dreams. Gorgeously written, The Dreamers explore the possibilities contained within a human life - in our waking days, and perhaps even more, in our dreams.

A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, Karen is currently a faculty member of the University of Oregon MFA program, and lives with her family in Portland.

Frighteningly powerful, beautiful, and uncanny, THE DREAMERS is a love story and also a horror story—a symphonic achievement, alternating intimate moments with a panoramic capture of a crisis in progress.
— Karen Russell, author of SWAMPLANDIA
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Talks and Topics

  • The Age of Miracles Author Presentation

  • The Dreamers Author Presentation

  • TED Talk: Fear and the Imagination

  • What Fear Can Teach Us

THE DREAMERS is harrowing, riveting, profoundly moving, and beautifully written. In a word, this book is stunning.
— Emily St. John Mandel, author of STATION ELEVEN

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Previous & Upcoming Events:

  • March 13, 2018: West Kentucky CTC One Book - Paducah, KY

  • March 18, 2015: If All Rochester Read the Same Book - Rochester, NY

  • Fall 2014: Baruch College First Year Text - New York, NY

  • March 2014: A Tale of Two Cities One Book - Batavia, NY

  • Fall 2013: One Book, One Community - Marquette MI

  • June 24, 2013: One Book Brevard - Brevard County FL

  • March 13, 2013: One City One Story - Pasadena, CA

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