Speaker - Richard Russo

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Richard Russo knows small town America. This masterful novelist has an uncanny sense of the way life works in the gritty industrial towns of the American Northeast. From the gossip and the resentments, to the people and the cafes, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo chronicles blue-collar America in ways constantly surprising and utterly revealing. Russo's previous works include seven novels and one collection of short stories. His 2001 novel, Empire Falls, won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His newest book, That Old Cape Magic, came out in 2009. Russo earned a bachelor's degree, a master's in fine arts, and a PhD from the University of Arizona. He has two daughters and lives with his wife in Camden, Maine.
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