richard russo

Ten Evenings

Richard Russo


Made possible by the Drue Heinz Trust

“Russo rarely wastes a word.”


The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, Richard Russo, follows his bestselling Everybody’s Fool with Trajectory, a collection of short fiction that masterfully employs details and dialogue in perfectly calibrated narration.

Russo’s characters in these four expansive stories bear little similarity to the blue-collar citizens we’re familiar with from many of his novels:

  • In “Horseman,” a professor confronts a young plagiarist as well as her own weaknesses;
  • In “Intervention,” a realtor facing an ominous medical prognosis finds himself in his father’s shadow;
  • In “Voice,” a semiretired academic is conned by his increasingly estranged brother into coming along on a group tour of the Venice Biennale; and
  • In “Milton and Marcus,” a lapsed novelist struggles with his wife’s illness and tries to rekindle his screenwriting career.

Richard Russo is the author of eight novels, two collections of short stories, and a memoir. In 2002, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which was also adapted into an HBO miniseries starring Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Helen Hunt.

“Russo develops these stories with smooth assurance, allowing readers to discover layers of meaning.”


Book Signing

Join us in the Music Hall Foyer after the lecture to get your book signed or personalized. Classic Lines will have books for sale.

Underwritten by UPMC

Trajectory by Richard Russo


Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.


Start at $15


Carnegie Music Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213


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