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Native son Russo to assist Gloversville library campaign

Native son Russo to assist Gloversville library campaign

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo will serve as honorary chairman of the Gloversville Publ
Native son Russo to assist Gloversville library campaign
As part of Fulton-Montgomery Community College's 50th Anniversary celebration, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo spoke at FM in the Raiders Den (Physical Education Building).
Photographer: Marc Schultz

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo will serve as honorary chairman of the Gloversville Public Library Capital Campaign, Christine Pesses, chairwoman of the campaign, announced today.

Gloversville, Russo’s hometown, has been the fictionalized setting for a number of his novels and is featured prominently in his memoir “Elsewhere.”

In a speech delivered last year during a visit to Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, Russo spoke warmly of his childhood time spent in the library.

Russo will be introduced as the honorary chair during an event to be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 23 at the Gloversville Public Library, 58 East Fulton Street. The announcement will coincide with the library’s celebration of its first significant renovation project of the campaign — the installation of fourteen energy-efficient, historically accurate windows.

Dedicated in 1905, the library is listed on the Register of National Historic Places. Those attending the event can tour it.

The event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is requested. To RSVP, call 725-2819 or email gplcapitalcampaign@gmail.com.

Russo is the author of eleven books, including “Empire Falls,” for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His novel “Nobody’s Fool” was made into a movie starring Paul Newman.

He and his wife live in Maine.

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