Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., will welcome back author Richard Russo for a book signing Friday, Aug. 26, at 5 p.m. Russo, who won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel “Empire Falls,” is celebrating the release of his latest novel, “Everybody’s Fool.” The public is warmly invited to meet Russo as he signs copies of this and his other critically acclaimed novels.

More than 20 years after exploring the high-spirited hijinks of the small community of North Bath, N.Y., in his 1993 bestseller “Nobody’s Fool,” Russo returns to the community and his now-iconic characters, “Sully” Sullivan and Chief of Police Douglas Raymer — famously portrayed by Paul Newman and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 1994 film.

Russo has said that the premise of “Everybody’s Fool” is based on a story that may ring a bell for residents of Camden, where he used to live. The story is about a cop who discovers a garage door remote in his wife's belongings, so he goes around town pointing the remote at different garages. The idea was that "if he could find the house where the garage door went up, he would have found his wife's lover," Russo said.

In addition to “Everybody’s Fool,” “Nobody’s Fool” and “Empire Falls,” Russo’s other novels include “Straight Man,” “Bridge of Sighs,” “The Risk Pool” and “That Old Cape Magic.” He also has written a memoir and a collection of short stories. Russo has received numerous national and international awards for his writing including a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts.

The book signing is free and open to the public. Copies of all of Russo’s books will be available for purchase; to pre-order any books, call 338-9009 or email leftbank@myfairpoint.net. The shop is located downtown and is open year-round.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.