November 30, 2012

Richard Russo

Richard Russo

Marcia Franklin talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo. Russo, known for illuminating the interior life of small-town America, has written 10 books, including Nobody's Fool (1993), Straight Man (1997), Bridge Of Sighs (2007), and Empire Falls (2001), which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002.

Franklin focuses her interview on Russo's latest book, Elsewhere: A Memoir, the story of his complicated relationship with his mother and her influence on his personal life and writing.

The two also discuss the themes of his novels, what it's like to write screenplays, and a special cause of his, promoting hospice care and an understanding of end-of-life issues.

In a special web extra, Russo talks about what it was like to win the Pulitzer and how the changing landscape of traditional book publishing is affecting new authors. He also shares his tips for aspiring writers.

Mr. Russo was in Boise as the keynote speaker for the Idaho Humanities Council's Distinguished Humanities Lecture.