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Welcome to One City One Story, the Boston Book Festival's annual citywide read. 1C1S is a project to encourage people in and around Boston to read the same short story and create community around the shared reading experience. "The Whore's Child" by Richard Russo is the selection for One City One Story 2011. On October 15, Richard Russo will appear at the Boston Book Festival to engage in a town hall style discussion facilitated by Alicia Anstead.
Richard Russo is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls. He has written six other novels, including Mohawk, The Risk Pool, Nobody’s Fool, Straight Man, Bridge of Sighs, and That Old Cape Magic, along with a collection of short stories, The Whore's Child. In addition to writing fiction, Russo has written numerous screenplays and teleplays.
Much of his work takes place in the northeast and his most recent novel, That Old Cape Magic, is set largely on Cape Cod. After teaching at The University of Southern Illinois, The Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and Colby College, he now lives with his wife in Boston and Maine. Russo is a literary staple in Boston and has appeared for readings and signing at local bookstores.
“The Whore’s Child” was originally published in Harper’s before it became the title story of Russo’s collection of shorts, published by Vintage Books.