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Russell Banks, author

Date: November 7, 2005 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

A prolific writer of fiction, Russell Banks’ titles include: Cloudsplitter, Searching for Survivors, Family Life, Hamilton Stark, The New World, The Book of Jamaica, Trailerpark, The Relation of My Imprisonment, Continental Drift, Success Stories, and Rule of the Bone. Banks’ work The Angel on the Roof is a collection of thirty years of his short fiction. Russell Banks has also contributed poems, stories, and essays to The Boston Globe Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, and Harper’s.

Two of his novels, Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter, were adapted into feature films which received widespread critical acclaim. Feature film adaptations of Continental Drift, Book of Jamaica, and Rule of the Bone are currently in development; Cloudsplitter is in development with HBO. Russell Banks is the author of the novel The Darling (selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2004); set in late 20th-century Liberia, the work spans topics of civil and political upheaval, and strained loyalties to country and family.

Mr. Banks has won numerous awards and prizes for his work, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, Ingram Merrill Award, The St. Lawrence Award for Short Fiction, O. Henry and Best American Short Story Award, The John Dos Passos Award, and the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Continental Drift and Cloudsplitter were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and 1998 respectively. Affliction was short listed for both the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Prize and the Irish International Prize.He has been named New York State Author (2004 – 2006).

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