Richar Russo is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist. Born in Johnstown, New York, and raised in nearby Gloversville, he earned a B.A. (1967), a M.F.A. (1980), and a Ph.D. (1979) from the University of Arizona. Now lives and writes in Camden, Maine. His novel Empire Falls, published in 2001, won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.