Boston Book Festival organizers announced today that they've chosen
Richard Russo's story, "The Whore's Child," for Boston's second-annual
"One City, One Story" program.
Russo won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, Empire Falls. He has written a number of other hilarious, touching novels, as well as one collection of short stores, The Whore's Child, from whence the titular story comes.
Press releases are rarely exhilirating. A notable exception: one I received this morning for Marty Beckerman's The Heming Way. My excitement had next to nothing to do with the book itself (though the tongue-in-cheek paean to Hemingway as a drunk, womanizing ubermensch could be amusing). No, it was the press release that did it: I read it all the way through.