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Wilmette Public Library’s One Book Program
Features Richard Russo’s Pair of “Fools”
The Wilmette Public Library invites community members to double their reading pleasure this year as its annual One Book, Everybody Reads program features two novels published 23 years apart by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo.
Readers are encouraged to first meet the characters in Mr. Russo's 1993 novel Nobody’s Fool and then revisit them in Everybody’s Fool, the author's new novel that will be published just 11 days before he visits Wilmette. The best-selling author will discuss both books on May 14 at 2 p.m. at the Wilmette Jr. High School, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette.
One Book, Everybody Reads is the Library’s annual community-wide reading and book
discussion program, funded by the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library. Each year, local residents are encouraged to read the selected title and participate in various events that explore the book and its themes.
As in past years, the One Book program will take place in the spring, and the Library will host a series of programs related to the books and their themes. Details about these various events will be available in late winter.
Nobody’s Fool tells the story of Donald “Sully'' Sullivan, a hard-luck guy in the deadbeat small town of North Bath in upstate New York. With sly humor, this moving and heartfelt novel offers its readers a slice of small-time life as it depicts humanity’s follies as well as its triumphs. As he deals with the themes of luck, responsibility, forgiveness, friendship, and family, “Russo again proves himself a shrewd observer of human nature,” according to Publishers Weekly.
In Everybody’s Fool, Mr. Russo returns to North Bath and the players that made Nobody’s Fool his first great success. The novel, classic Russo and a crowning achievement from the master storyteller, is filled with humor, heart, hard times, and characters who are lovable despite all their faults.
Novelist and screenwriter Richard Russo was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his 2001 book, Empire Falls. He has written six other novels, two collections, and the memoir Elsewhere, which was published in 2012. As a screenwriter, Mr. Russo has authored several adaptations and original screenplays that were produced as feature films or television productions. These include the films Nobody's Fool and Twilight, starring Paul Newman, as well as the television mini-series Empire Falls, based on Mr. Russo's book.
The Wilmette Public Library’s One Book, Everybody Reads program began in 2006. The popular series is designed to create opportunities for shared enjoyment of a selected book, enhance each individual’s reading experience, and introduce readers to a book and/or author with whom they might not otherwise be familiar. Each year, the Library offers copies of the selected books in a variety of formats.
This year marks the fourth time that a Pulitzer Prize winning author will be featured in the Library's One Book series. Previous Pulitzer-winning One Book authors include Jane Smiley, Elizabeth Strout, and Ron Suskind.