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Karen Dukess: Author, Journalist

Karen Dukess: Author, Journalist
Introduction to Karen Dukess.  0:34 min.  Interview:  Raymond Elman.  Camera:  Lee Skye.  Editing & Production:  Ursula Muñoz-Schaefer.  Recorded:  11/24/2019, Miami Book Fair.   

 

KAREN DUKESS is the author of  The Last Book Party, and a journalist whose work history is as eclectic as her taste in books. She has been a tour guide in the former Soviet Union, a newspaper reporter in Florida, a magazine publisher in Russia and, for nearly a decade, a speechwriter on gender equality for the United Nations Development Programme. She has blogged on raising boys for The Huffington Post and written book reviews for USA Today. She has a degree in Russian Studies from Brown University and a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University. She lives with her family near New York City and spends as much time as possible in Truro on Cape Cod.

— KarenDukess.com

The videos below are organized by topic and run between 30 seconds and 5 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES: 1:02 min.

Where did you grow up and what was your first awareness of art in any discipline?

 

CREATIVE FLEXIBILITY:   1:24 min.

Where did you go to school and what did you learn that still informs you today or has been useful in your career?

 

DEVELOP A VOICE:  2:24 min.

Where did you go to graduate school?

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES:  2:57 min.

Tell us about your experiences as a journalist and an editor in Russia.

 

EMPATHY:  1:46 min.

Did Russia feel like a somewhat backwards country compared to the developed Western world?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  4:49 min.

How long have you wanted to write a novel and what were some of the barriers that kept you from doing that?

 

CREATIVE FLEXIBILITY:   1:49 min.

The book is written from the perspective of someone on the outside looking in. Can you elaborate?

 

UNDERSTANDS THE AUDIENCE’S PERSPECTIVE:   2:15 min.

When did you start writing the book, and how did the #MeToo Movement influence you?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  2:00 min.

Given that some of the characters are based on people you knew, would you still have published the book if they were still alive?

 

SELF-CONFIDENCE:  1:19 min.

Looking at your resume, you should be full of confidence. Are you?

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES:  1:30 min.

Have you already started working on a new book project?