Visiting Writers Series to Feature
Posted October 7, 2002
HOLLAND -- Richard Russo, winner of the 2002
Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is the second author on Hope
College's 2002-03 Visiting Writers Series.
Russo will be reading on Monday, Oct. 21, at 7
p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre, located in downtown
Holland at 86 E. 8th St.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Russo's fifth novel, "Empire Falls," was selected
for the Pulitzer Prize, and was named best novel of the year
by "Time" magazine.
But Russo's writing was already finding plenty of
success before the whirlwind that follows a Pulitzer Prize.
His novels have become best-sellers, and his third book,
"Nobody's Fool," was turned into an Academy Award-nominated
movie starring Paul Newman and Bruce Willis.
Russo is currently working a screenplay for
"Empire Falls" for HBO.
His most recent book is his first collection of
short stories, titled "The Whore's Child and Other Stories."
The "New Yorker" magazine said that the collection extends
Russo's versatility and accomplishment, in a collection that
demonstrates yet again that "there is a big, wry heart
beating at the center of Russo's fiction."
The New York-born writer now lives with his family
in Maine. He began writing fiction while finishing his
doctorate in American literature from the University of
The praise has been coming ever since.
"The New York Times Book Review" has called Russo
"one of the best novelists around," and the "Atlanta
Journal-Constitution" has said that "nobody does small-town
life better than Richard Russo."
While on campus, Russo will be meeting with Hope
students to discuss the writing process, and his life as a