Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20030910, 20030514
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his epic novel Empire Falls, Richard Russo is the author of six novels and two short story collections. Known for his dead-on depictions of life in the declining small towns of America, Russo is considered a master craftsman and chronicler of his times. In this interview, Russo discusses the pleasure he finds in writing fiction as well as his surprise in how much he enjoys the process of screenwriting, so much so that he’s accepted commissions to write screenplays for the works of others.
In part one of this conversation, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads her poem "Famous" that was recently turned into picture book and discusses wh...
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