The 2017 Craft Lectureship

The Destiny Thief:  My Strange Writing Career


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Richard Russo’s first novel, Mohawk, was published, in 1986. Much of his work is semi-autobiographical, drawing on his life from his upbringing in upstate New York to his time teaching literature at Colby College (subsequently retired).] His 2001 novel Empire Falls received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has written seven other novels, a collection of short stories, and a memoir (Elsewhere).

Russo co-wrote the 1998 film Twilight with the director Robert Benton. Benton adapted Russo’s Nobody’s Fool as a 1994 film of the same title, starring Paul Newman, which he also directed. Russo wrote the teleplay for the HBO adaptation of Empire Falls, the screenplay for the 2005 film Ice Harvest, and the screenplay for the 2005 Niall Johnson film Keeping Mum, which starred Rowan Atkinson.  He lives in Camden, Maine.

Washington Post article 05/02/17


Saturday, November 4, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Residence Inn
550 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA

Past lectures




Saturday, November 12, 2016

In the writing life, as opposed to the criminal justice system, the verdict comes after the sentence.  This lecture considers the art and the craft of fine sentences.

Alice McDermott’s seventh novel, Someone, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award and the Patterson Prize. Three of her previous novels, After This, At Weddings and Wakes and That Night, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.  Charming Billy won the National Book Award for fiction in 1998.  That Night was also a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker and elsewhere.  In 2013, she was inducted into The New York State Writers Hall of Fame.  She is the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. 

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Kerry Malawista or 301-983-4541