NC Literary Festival Author Spotlight: Richard Ford

Richard Ford With the NC Literary Festival only two weeks away, it's time to start thinking about who you'll want to hear. Meet Richard Ford, one of our keynote authors whose six published novels and four collections of short stories have earned him recognition as one of the most powerful authors of his generation.

Often exploring characters who are navigating the dissolution of the cultural institutions around them, Ford is best known for his novels The Sportswriter , Independence Day , and The Lay of the Land , which focus on Frank Bascombe, a real estate agent in New Jersey, and follow him through various stages of his life. Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first time the same book won both prizes.

Ford's latest work Canada , published in 2012, narrates the story of Dell, an abandoned 15-year-old boy who flees from Montana to Canada, seeking, as one critic has pointed out about Ford's work as a whole, "consolation and redemption in a chaotic time." The novel is, as The New York Times concluded, "a masterwork by one of our finest writers working at the top of his form."

Richard Ford currently lives in Maine with his wife, Kristina Ford. We are honored to welcome him to the North Carolina Literary Festival, where he will read and hold a book signing from 1:15-3:00pm on Sunday, April 6th, at the Hunt Library ”1070 Partners Way, Raleigh.

While the Festival is free and open to the public, space is limited, and we ask that you reserve tickets for two of our authors, Richard Ford and Junot Díaz. For free tickets to see Richard Ford, please visit this link : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/richard-ford-north-carolina-literary-festival-keynote-author-tickets-10913896759 . Junot Díaz tickets can be reserved here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/junot-diaz-north-carolina-literary-festival-keynote-author-tickets-10912606901 . You may also reserve tickets at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh.