Caption: Richard Russo
Richard Russo 

Screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Richard Russo

From: New Letters on the Air
Length: 29:00

Novelist Richard Russo describes plotting a novel much the way he describes life: a series of choices until only the inevitable is left. He talks about applying this towards his novels BRIDGE OF SIGHS and THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC.

Russo_richard_small Richard Russo, known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel EMPIRE FALLS, describes his writing process as “hiking without knowing where your trails are going.”  The author returned to NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR to talk about everything from writing screenplays to writing novels and short stories.  As, in his words, a “late-career novelist,” he learned that when he runs out of experience, he reads the terrain and weaves a story from the clues he can see ahead.  Russo reads from his most recent novels, BRIDGE OF SIGHS and THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC.

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Piece Description

Richard Russo, known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel EMPIRE FALLS, describes his writing process as “hiking without knowing where your trails are going.”  The author returned to NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR to talk about everything from writing screenplays to writing novels and short stories.  As, in his words, a “late-career novelist,” he learned that when he runs out of experience, he reads the terrain and weaves a story from the clues he can see ahead.  Russo reads from his most recent novels, BRIDGE OF SIGHS and THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC.

Broadcast History

This program originally uplinked to PRSS' Content Depot on July 15, 2011 for delivery to member stations.

Timing and Cues

PROMO: On the next NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR... Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo talks about how he came to write his latest novel, THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC. It began as a short story, and Russo recognized that the comic romp would become a novel with the convertible driver encountered a wayward seagull. Listen to Richard Russo, author of novels, short stories and screenplays, next time on NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR...
UPLINK DATE: 07/15/2011
PROGRAM LENGTH: 29:00 minutes
INCUE: (music) "BRIDGE OF SIGHS, Richard Russo's sixth novel..."
OUTCUE: "... I'm Angela Elam for NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR."

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Starry Skies Gene Michael Productions Safe Haven. Gene Michael Productions 2010 :00
Cabin in the Woods Gene Michael Productions Safe Haven. Gene Michael Productions 2010 :00

Additional Credits

New Letters on the Air is a production of the quarterly literary magazine, New Letters, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Partial financial support comes from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Related Website

http://www.newletters.org/ontheair.asp