Russo keynote speaker at book fest
Bangor — Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, short story writer, screenwriter and teacher Richard Russo of Camden will be the keynote speaker for the sixth annual Bangor Book Festival Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 18 through 20. Russo will be joined by his daughter, artist Kate Russo of Rockland, and more than 30 Maine-based and Maine-connected, writers, essayists and illustrators who will participate in panels, readings and signings at the Bangor Public Library and other downtown venues.
Russo was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for the novel “Empire Falls.” Other novels by the author include “That Old Cape Magic,” “Straight Man: A Novel,” “Mohawk,” “Nobody’s Fool” and “The Risk Pool. “His newest work, “Interventions,” is a collection of three short stories and a novella. Each of the four separate volumes is packaged in a slipcase and includes a postcard-sized print of a painting by Kate Russo, the author’s daughter. “Interventions,” which will not be sold as an e-book, has been called an homage to the printed book.
Russo will address festival attendees at an event to be held at the Hammond Street Senior Center. Other Midcoast participants this year include Carol W. Bachofner, Rockland Poet Laureate; Matinicus-based writer Eva Murray; and Jane Karker, owner and president of Maine Authors Publishing of Rockland who will present a short class titled Self Publishing for Maine Authors. The 2012 Festival also will include the world premiere of a new musical work by composer Don Stratton. For more information, visit bangorbookfest.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.