Richard Russo | Novelist, screenwriter, short-story writer.
Pulitzer Prize-winner for Empire Falls and author of the recent memoir Elsewhere, Richard Russo chronicles life in the gritty industrial towns of the American Northeast, from their gossip and resentments to their rich characters and cafes. Russo’s previous works include seven novels and one collection of short stories, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls, which was also adapted into an HBO miniseries starring Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Helen Hunt. Russo earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s in fine arts, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He has two daughters and lives with his wife in Camden, Maine.