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Welcome to One Book, Everybody Reads, the Wilmette Public Library's annual community-wide reading and book discussion program. Each year, the Library selects one book and encourages area residents to read the selected title and participate in various events that explore the book and its themes. The program takes place in the spring and culminates when the author visits Wilmette to discuss his or her book with the community.

This year, for the 11th annual One Book program, the Library invites community members to double their reading pleasure as we present not just one selection, but two books published 23 years apart by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls:

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Nobody's Fool
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Everybody's Fool

by Richard Russo

 

 

Readers are encouraged to first meet the characters in Mr. Russo's 1993 novel Nobody’s Fool and then revisit them in Everybody’s Fool, the author's brand new novel that will be published just 11 days before he visits Wilmette.

The best-selling author will discuss both books on Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. at the Wilmette Jr. High School, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette. This visit is one of the stops on Mr. Russo's new book tour.

Click on the links below to learn about the books, the author, related events, and more:

About the Books  About the Author 
Reviews Events
Awards and Accolades Discussion Questions
Other Works by the Author Partners
   

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          Funding for One Book, Everybody Reads is made possible by Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.

Check this page for the upcoming announcement of the 2016 One Book, Everybody Reads selection!

Nobody's Fool and Everybody's Fool

by Richard Russo

(2016 Selection)

About the Books  About the Author 
Reviews Events
Awards and Accolades Discussion Questions
Other Works by the Author Partners
 

 

Awards and Accolades

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Honoring Richard Russo

Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts (1990)

Honoring Richard Russo's Works

Fiction

Empire Falls (2001)

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2002)

Ambassador Book Award

Amazon.com Best Books of 2001

New York Times Notable Books of 2001

TIME Magazine Top 10 Books of 2001

Bridge of Sighs (2007)

Amazon.com Significant Seven (November 2007)

New York TImes 100 Notable Books of 2007

Nonfiction

Elsewhere: A Memoir (2012)

Washington Post: 50 notable works of nonfiction

NPR: Best Books of 2012

Films

Nobody’s Fool (1994)

1995 USC Scripter Award, Nominee (with Robert Benton)

The Ice Harvest (2005)

2006 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, Nominee (with Robert Benton and Scott Phillips)

Television

Empire Falls (2005)

2005 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special, Nominee

2005 Online Film & Television Association (OFTA) Television Award for Best Writing of a Motion Picture or Miniseries, Nominee

Keeping Mum (2005)

2006 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, Film Discovery Jury Award for best screenplay (shared with Niall Johnson)

 

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          Funding for One Book, Everybody Reads is made possible by Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.

 

Nobody's Fool and Everybody's Fool

by Richard Russo

(2016 Selection)

About the Books  About the Author 
Reviews Events
Awards and Accolades Discussion Questions
Other Works by the Author Partners
 

Other Works by Richard Russo

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Novels

Mohawk (1986)
The Risk Pool (1988)
Straight Man (1997)
Empire Falls (2001)
Bridge of Sighs (2007)
That Old Cape Magic (2009)

Short Stories

The Whore’s Child and Other Stories (2002)
Interventions (2012)

 

Non-fictionEverybodys Fool for web

Elsewhere: A Memoir (2012)

Films

Nobody’s Fool (1994)
Twilight (1998)
The Ice Harvest (2005)

Television

Monsters (1989)
The Flamingo Rising (2001)
Brush With Fate (2003)
Empire Falls (2005)
Keeping Mum (2005)

Friends-Logo-Color     

          Funding for One Book, Everybody Reads is made possible by Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.

Nobody's Fool and Everybody's Fool

by Richard Russo

About the Books  About the Author 
Reviews Events
Awards and Accolades Discussion Questions
Other Works by the Author Partners

Schedule of Events

April 15 at 2 pm and again at 6:45 pm - Film Screening: Nobody’s Fool

April 19 at 7 pm – From ‘Nobody’ to ‘Everybody’: 23 Years in Books and Publishingwith Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune Literary Editor at Large.

April 29 at 6:45 pm - Film Screening: Nobody’s Fool. A repeat screening of the 1994 film.

May 1 at 2 pm - Turning Novels into Films. Local film studies professor and author Michael Glover Smith discusses the challenges of adapting literature for the big screen. 

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May 5 at 7 pm - Everybody's Fool Book Release Party. Wilmette Wine Cellar, 1100 Central Avenue, Wilmette. 

May 10 at 10:30 am - Classics and Contemporary Book Discussion. A discussion of Richard Russo’s Nobody’s Fool, led by a WPL librarian.

Saturday, May 14 at 2 pm - Author Richard Russo Discusses Nobody's Fool and Everybody's Fool. Wilmette Jr. High School 

June 2 at 7 pm – Independent Bookstores: Alive and Kicking!  Representatives from The Book Stall in Winnetka, Bookends & Beginnings in Evanston, and Women & Children First in Chicago join together for a panel discussion about the current state of independent bookstores.  Why are indie bookstores thriving, and how are they meeting the challenges of new technologies, their changing relationship with publishers, and Amazon, the big gorilla on the block?

June 22 at 7 pm - Evening Readers Book Discussion. A discussion of Richard Russo’s Everybody’s Fool, led by a WPL librarian. This program is part of the Library’s three-part book discussion series, Revisiting Our Winners: New Books by One Book Authors.

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          Funding for One Book, Everybody Reads is made possible by Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.   

 

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