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Richard Russo

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Richard Russo

Richard Russo 

When: Mon., June 19, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: free

In a recent interview, Richard Russo likened himself to his father, "an old man telling stories in the bar." And while Russo is the celebrated author of nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls, his outlook remains unpretentious and steadfastly informed by his personal origins. Russo situates his novels and short fiction in a milieu based on the fading mill town in New York State where he grew up. His characters are mostly blue-collar people in towns that are shadows of their former selves. His latest, Trajectory: Stories, consists of four long stories whose protagonists—a professor, a realtor, a Hollywood leading man in his twilight years—enjoy greater social status than in typical Russo. Still, they remain vulnerable to the vicissitudes of life. The collection's sole previously unpublished story, "Milton and Marcus," is a biting portrait whose subject is apparently based on Robert Redford. —David Klein

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