Area residents and visitors will have the unique opportunity to hear from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford at the Community Center, Meadow Mall, Bootbhay Harbor at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 17.
Ford’s novels and short stories are the result of a career that spans more than 40 years, and his work is praised as having “A mastery second to none.” (New York Times)
Ford plans to read a short story by John Cheever that inspired his own work, which will also be read. Then, a question and answer period will give attendees a chance to learn “what they always wanted to know about being a writer.”
Earlier this year, he joined Herman Wouk, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth and John Grisham in winning the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.
Acclaim is not new to Ford. Although described by the Library of Congress as “Quintessentially American,” the universality of his writing has earned awards from Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, Canada and France as well as the U.S.
Ford is also a teacher and has been on the faculty at Williams College and Princeton, Harvard and Columbia universities.
Ford and wife Kristina have been residents of East Boothbay since 1999. Kristina is a selectman.
Ford said he is glad to come to the Community Center and have the opportunity to meet the attendees. “The Center has a broad-based appeal, with a diverse population reading books,” he told the Boothbay Register.
“I’m honored to serve the Community Center in some way. I’m a citizen here, too.”