Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist Richard Russo at UAlbany, May 6 

Author Richard Russo. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 29, 2016) -- Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Johnstown, N.Y., native will read from his new novel, Everybody’s Fool on May 6 at 8 p.m. in Page Hall on the Downtown Campus. Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.

Russo is one of America’s most celebrated fiction writers, as well as an acclaimed screenwriter and memoirist. He is the author of eight novels, including Mohawk (1986), That Old Cape Magic (2009), and Empire Falls (2001), for which he received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Book cover for Everybody's Fool

Russo will read from his latest work, Everybody's Fool

His new novel, Everybody’s Fool (2016), is a sequel to his novel Nobody’s Fool (1993), which was made into a 1994 film starring Paul Newman. Here he revisits the upstate New York setting and characters of the highly-praised Nobody’s Fool (1993).

Raised in Gloversville, Russo’s debut novel, Mohawk (1986), chronicled the lives of three generations of upstate New Yorkers, with “an attractive, small-town coziness” and “brisk, colorful, and often witty” prose (The New York Times).

In 2001, Russo published Empire Falls, which received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, and was also named one of Time Magazine’s Best Fiction Books of the Year. Adapted into an HBO miniseries starring Paul Newman, Ed Harris, and Helen Hunt, Empire Falls received an Emmy Award, as well as two Golden Globe Awards, in 2005.

In addition to his novels, Russo has published a collection of short fiction, entitled The Whore’s Child and Other Stories (2002), and a memoir, entitled Elsewhere (2012), which was named an NPR Best Book of 2012. He has also written several screenplays, including the 1998 film Twilight, starring Paul Newman and Susan Sarandon, and the 2005 thriller The Ice Harvest, starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton.

For more information, contact the Writers Institute at (518) 442-5620.

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