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    April 17, 2018
    WRITERS IN THE LOFT presents
    Pulitzer Prize-winning author
    of Empire Falls and Everybody’s Fool
    Richard Russo
    with his first essay collection
    Essays on Writing, Writers and Life
    Wednesday, May 9, 7pm
    “Russo’s colorful book offers his novels’ fans more of his dazzling and moving writing, often revealing glimpses of forces that drive a bestselling fiction writer.”—Publishers Weekly
    “For aspiring writers, Russo’s musings on the art and craft of the novel are a trove of knowledge and guidance. For adoring readers, they are a window into the imagination and inspiration for Russo’s beloved novels, screenplays, and short stories. . . . Few authors seem as approachable in print and, one suspects, in person as acclaimed novelist Russo.”—Booklist
    Ticket package includes book, bar beverage, author presentation, Q+A, and author meet-and-greet/signing
    Portsmouth, NH, April 11 - On Wednesday, May 9, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo will visit The Music Hall Loft for a Writers in the Loft series event to discuss his first collection of personal essays, THE DESTINY THIEF: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life—in which he provides insight into his life as a writer, teacher, friend, and reader.
    The 7pm event includes an author presentation and moderated Q+A, plus a book signing and a meet-and-greet. It will be held at The Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress Street, in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
    “Richard Russo is one of New England’s most treasured writers,” said Ian Aldrich, Deputy Editor at Yankee Magazine, who will be moderating the event. “I’m looking forward to hearing him read from his new book and talking to him more about his writing, and writing in general.”
    A master of the novel, short story, and memoir, the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author gives us his  first collection of personal essays.
    Warm, funny, wise, and poignant, the essays traverse Russo’s writing life, expanding our understanding of who he is and how his singular, incredibly generous mind works.
    From a commencement speech he gave at Colby College to the story of how an oddly placed toilet made him reevaluate the purpose of humor in art and life; and from  a comprehensive analysis of Mark Twain’s value to his harrowing journey accompanying a dear friend as she pursued gender-reassignment surgery, THE DESTINY THIEF reflects the broad interests and experiences of one of America’s most beloved authors.
    Richard Russo is the author of eight novels, most recently Everybody’s Fool and That Old Cape Magic; two collections of stories, with Trajectory published in 2017; and the memoir Elsewhere published in 2012. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody’s Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries; in 2016 he was given the Indie Champion Award by the American Booksellers Association; and in 2017 he received France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine. He lives in Portland, Maine.
    Ian Aldrich is the Deputy Editor at Yankee Magazine, where he has worked for more than a decade. As  the magazine’s staff feature writer, he writes stories that delve deep into issues facing small communities throughout New England. He also oversees the magazine’s digital endeavors, including the publication of its bi-monthly digital magazine. His work has appeared in numerous other publications and has also been recognized by the Best American Sports Writing anthology. He lives with his family in Dublin, New Hampshire.
    The ticket package for Writers in the Loft: Richard Russo on Wednesday, May 9, at 7pm is $40 ($38). In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of THE DESTINY THIEF  ($25.95, hardcover), a bar beverage, author presentation, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet. Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400, or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.
    For further information, or to request an author interview, please contact: Margaret Talcott, Producer, The Music Hall, at mtalcott@themusichall.org or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer, at plynch@themusichall.org
    For images, please see: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPG5O4SI9TZ3JGedp1WVICF6uhNGoIXWf-JuTd9ePJYLsPWEiuqAkdYStaVnfOphw?key=LVV1QnZVMTZxb2g0czJka2tSUWNKSmZuWi15SlRB
    About Writers in the Loft
    Akin to The Music Hall’s anchor literary series, Writers on a New England Stage, Writers in the Loft features bestselling authors in a smaller, more intimate space. The series brings audiences today’s top authors, the best of fiction and nonfiction, and award-winners across categories. The evening package includes a reserved seat and bar beverage, author presentation and Q+A, a copy of the book, and a meet-and-greet book signing with the featured writer.
    Series Sponsor:  RMC Research Corporation
    Contributing Partner:  The University of New Hampshire
    Season Sponsors:  Carey & Giampa Realtors;  Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant
    “Splendid. . . . These are wise, personal pieces, and readers get to know the author as a comforting, funny, and welcoming guy.”—Kirkus
    “Certain to please anyone familiar with his short fiction and novels. . . . The unselfconscious voice threading through these nine explorations of writing, writers, and everyday life is a welcome alternative to the all-too-common introspection and fraught ‘literariness’ found in many recent memoir and essay collections from prominent authors. Readers seeking a deeply insightful record of the creative process and the life guiding it will find resonance here.”—Library Journal (starred)
    “For aspiring writers, Russo’s musings on the art and craft of the novel are a trove of knowledge and guidance. For adoring readers, they are a window into the imagination and inspiration for Russo’s beloved novels, screenplays, and short stories. . . . Few authors seem as approachable in print and, one suspects, in person as acclaimed novelist Russo.”—Booklist
    “Russo’s colorful book offers his novel’s fans more of his dazzling and moving writing, often revealing glimpses of forces that drive a bestselling fiction writer.”—Publishers Weekly
    “Beautiful. . . . Will abruptly break your heart. That’s what Richard Russo does, without pretension or fuss, time and time again.” —The New York Times
    “[A] collection of short fiction so rich and flavorsome that the temptation is to devour it all at once. I can’t in good conscience advise otherwise.” —Laura Collins-Hughes, The Boston Globe
    “Has the engaging quality of tales told by a friend, over drinks, about a person we know in common. And so we lean forward, eager to hear what happened next.” —The New York Times Book Review
    “Vibrant. . . Russo’s gift for character is as powerful as ever, enlivened with spot-on detail.” —People
    “The four tales here are replete with Russo’s insightful studies of relationships. . . . Throughout, we enjoy Russo’s skill at weaving a story in which conflicted characters find moments of revelation and, sometimes, redemption. . . . . Rewarding and worth ruminating about.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
    “The stories in Trajectory are classic Russo, tales of minor-key defeat laced with rue and humor. . . . Russo again shows how adept he is at portraying life as a tragicomedy. . . . Gives readers plenty to enjoy and mull as his characters ponder their life trajectories.” —The Dallas Morning News
    “Delightful. . . . Unearthing such insight on page 44 (instead of page 444) is a bit like watching a successful squeeze bunt score a runner from third—just as exciting as a home run, but a shorter trip and a rarer treat.” —Paste
    “Intriguing and universal. . . . Russo newcomers will begin to scope out why he’s a Pulitzer Prize winner.” —Houston Chronicle
    “Heart-warming. . . . Absorbing. . . . A testament to Richard Russo’s skill at deploying his characters. . . . All four stories are challenging not because they are difficult—they are not—but because they raise questions about why we live our lives the way we do, and if that’s all right.” —The Washington Times
    “[An] engrossing collection.” —Southern Living
    “Russo remains an entertaining and interesting writer.” —The Christian Science Monitor
    “Russo is a master at Everyman, offering common folks doing their best to get by, the cards often stacked against them. . . . This collection is a welcome addition to Russo’s work—if you haven’t delved into the Pulitzer prize-winning author’s books, do yourself a favor and begin.” —The Missourian
    “Cogent, wry and satisfying. . . . Confirm[s] Russo’s status as one of the most justly celebrated American writers.” —Portland Press-Herald
    “Wonderful. . . . Russo’s writing should be cherished.” —Columbus Dispatch  
    “Powerful. . . . An entertaining and compellingly provocative read.” —New York Journal of Books
    “Potent and surprising tales. . . . Russo rarely wastes a word, interweaving details and dialogue into master classes on storytelling.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
    “A singularly satisfying journey. Very few writers so thoroughly embrace human foibles, or present them in such an accepting and empathetic manner.” —Booklist (starred review)
    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner,  named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.
    With acclaimed signature series including Writers on a New England Stage – a partnership between The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio – and the Intimately Yours music series, we bring top authors and artists to both stages. Also, HD broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera and the National Theatre of London as well as extraordinary cinema fill both screens almost every night of the year.
    This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy: The Music Hall and its patrons contribute $7.1 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending.
    Innovative in its outlook, the organization is community oriented and committed to making the Seacoast flourish. The Music Hall is a 501(c)3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board. Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 corporate partners and 58 community partner organizations. Welcoming more than 100,000 patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.
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