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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard Russo  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1949 in Johnstown, New York

-- Richard Russo on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Formerly from Carbondale, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard Russo was teaching in the English department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale when his first novel, Mohawk was published.

Published Works

  • Mohawk, Random House, 1986
  • The Risk Pool, Random House, 1988
  • Nobody`s Fool, Random House, 1993
  • Straight Man, Random House, 1997
  • Twilight (screenplay), Paramount, 1998
  • The Collected Stories of Richard Yates, Holt, 2001
  • Empire Falls, Knopf, 2001
  • The Whore`s Child and Other Stories, Knopf, 2002
  • Bridge of Sighs, Knopf, 2007
  • That Old Cape Magic, Knopf, 2009
  • Interventions'', (Illustrated by Kate Russo) Down East Books, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

Mohawk /
ISBN: 0679753826. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1986.

Recounts the triumphs and tragedies of the characters in a small-town in upstate New York.

The risk pool /
ISBN: 0679753834. OCLC Number:

Random House,. New York :. ©1988.

For two decades Ned is shuttled back and forth between his mother, Jenny, and his father, Sam, after Sam abandoned them and now Ned struggles to win his father's affection while avoiding his sins.

Nobody's fool /
ISBN: 0739306936. OCLC Number:

Random House Audio,. [New York] :. 2003.

In this affectionate story of small town life in upstate New York, Sully, a fitfully employed 60-year-old construction worker, is a cheerful curmudgeon who has made a lifetime of bad decisions. He unexpectedly has a chance to make right some of them when his estranged son and grandson drop back into his life.

The collected stories of Richard Yates /
ISBN: 0413771261. OCLC Number:

Methuen,. London :. 2004.

Empire falls /
ISBN: 0307275132. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2001.

Milo Roby tries to hold his family together while working at the Empire Grill in the once-successful logging town of Empire Falls, Maine, with his partner, Mrs. Whiting, who is the heir to a faded logging and textile legacy.

The whore's child :
ISBN: 0375726012. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2002.

A collection of short fiction explores the lives of a variety of characters, including a jaded Hollywood filmmaker, a precocious fifth-grader watching his parents' marriage disintegrate, and a child forced into a harrowing cross-country escape.

Bridge of sighs /
ISBN: 1602527253. OCLC Number:

Random House Audio ;. New York :. ℗2007.

Lucy and his mother are taking a trip to Italy, where Lucy's oldest friend now lives. The exact nature of their friendship is one of the many mysteries Lucy hopes to untangle in the history he's writing of his hometown and family.

Interventions :
ISBN: 1608931854. OCLC Number:

Down East Books ;. Camden, Me. :. ©2012.

Collects a novella and three short stories highlighting the human condition as seen through the lives of ordinary people, including a self-obsessed realtor and a young professor.


Pulitzer Prize (Fiction)

, for Empire Falls, 2002

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (No)

Contact Information c/o Author Mail Knopf Publishing 299 Park Ave., 4th Floor New York, New York 10171