Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Adirondack Center for Writing presents: An Evening with Russell Banks

cover of russell bank's novel, forgone

Saranac Lake, NY–Nationally acclaimed author Russell Banks will read from his new novel, Foregone, and sign books on September 24, 2021 at 7:00pm to celebrate the opening of Adirondack Center for Writing’s new event space at 15 Broadway in Saranac Lake.

Copies of Foregone will be available for purchase for signing at the event. This event costs $10 to attend. Tickets are available in advance at adirondackcenterforwriting.org

“Russell Banks is, word for word, idea for idea, one of the great American novelists. Foregone is a book about not coming to a conclusion. Banks presents us with a series of mirrors, some of them broken, some of them intact, and all of them wildly reflective of our times. It is a book about the shifting shapes of memory and the chimerical nature of our lives.” – Colum McCann

Russell Banks is the internationally acclaimed author of twenty-one works of fiction and non-fiction, including the novels Continental Drift, Rule of the Bone, The Book of Jamaica, Cloudsplitter, Lost Memory of Skin, and most recently, A Permanent Member of the Family, short stories, and Voyager: Travel Writings. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Two of his novels, Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter, were made into award-winning feature films. His essays and reviews have been published in major magazines, and he has written screenplays and poetry.

Russell Banks by Nancie BattagliaBanks has won numerous honors for his work, including Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships; O’Henry and Best American Short Story Awards; the John Dos Passos Award; the inaugural Thornton Wilder Prize, the American Book Award; the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the Anisfield-Wolf Prize, and the 2011 Common Wealth Award for Literature. He has been a PEN/Faulkner Finalist (Affliction, Cloudsplitter, and Lost Memory of Skin), a Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction (Lost Memory of Skin), and twice a Pulitzer Prize Finalist (Continental Drift and Cloudsplitter).

He has taught at many universities and is the Howard G.B. Clark ’21 University Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, at Princeton University. He was the New York State Author (2004-2008), President of the International Parliament of Writers, and the founding past-President of Cities of Refuge North America. He is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received seven honorary degrees and in 2014 was named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture. Banks currently lives in upstate New York and Miami, Florida, with his wife, the poet Chase Twichell.

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