Richard Russo taught a fiction workshop at the 2015 Aspen Summer Words. He also participated in public readings and panel conversations on topics ranging from “Writing Home” to “The Long Haul.”
Richard Russo is the author of seven novels, a memoir, and one short story collection. His fifth book, Empire Falls, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2002 and was later adapted for television by HBO based on Russo’s teleplay, earning him an Emmy nomination. He also wrote the novel, Nobody’s Fool, which was adapted into a critically acclaimed film featuring Paul Newman. Known for his insightful, often humorous depictions of gritty northeastern towns and the characters that inhabit them, Russo has said that he wants, “that which is hilarious and that which is heartbreaking to occupy the same territory in books,” because he thinks, “they very often occupy the same territory in life, much as we try to separate them.” He taught English at Colby College for many years and lives with his wife in Maine.
“Writing Home” at Summer Words 2015
Featuring: Richard Russo, Hannah Tinti, and Akhil Sharma
Moderated by Maurice LaMee
Pulitzer Prize Winner Richard Russo Advocates for the Next Generation of Writers
Aspen Times, Andrew Travers, June 23, 2015
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