Richard Ford [credit Laura Wilson]
Richard Ford [credit Laura Wilson]

Sunday, February 10 at 5 p.m.

Richard Ford, author of Canada, will be our featured speaker.

Canada, the latest novel from Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford, is a powerful, suspenseful story of misadventure and malevolence that explores large themes of identity, culpability, and the ineluctable bonds that tie us to the past. Ford’s first book in nearly six years, it is a compulsively-readable, uncompromising tale in which a host of transgressions—including bank robbery, kidnapping, abandonment and murder—shape the life of its protagonist: a fifteen-year-old boy compelled to forge his own way when his insular family implodes. With prose at once spare and luminous, Ford renders the desolate beauty of Montana and Saskatchewan as only a great writer can, providing the perfect backdrop for this spellbinding look at the dark side of the American experience.

Praise for Canada

“Pure vocal grace, quiet humor, precise and calm observation.” — The New Yorker

“Confirms [Ford’s] position as one of the finest stylists and most humane storytellers in America… his most elegiac and profound book…” — Washington Post

About the Author

Richard Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day—the first novel to win the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award—and The Lay of the Land, as well as the short story collections Rock Springs and A Multitude of Sins, which contain many widely anthologized stories. He lives in East Boothbay, Maine, with his wife, Kristina Ford.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

Richard Ford's appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).