In Conversation: Richard Price and Lorraine Adams
Thursday December 15, 2016
For our final event of the season, New Yorkers Richard Price (The Night Of, Clockers, Lush Life, The Wire) and Lorraine Adams (Harbor, The Room and the Chair) joined us for a conversation about their writing lives and recent endeavours.
We celebrated the end of our excellent Fall season with books, wine, and scintillating conversation.
Richard Price is an American novelist and screenwriter, known for the books The Wanderers (1974), Clockers (1992) and Lush Life (2008). He also writes for television, including HBO’s The Wire and The Night Of. Price's first novel The Wanderers (1974) was adapted into a film in 1979, with a screenplay by Rose and Philip Kaufman and directed by the latter. Clockers (1992) was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1995, it served as the basis for a film of the same name directed by Spike Lee; Price and Lee shared writing credits for the screenplay. Price’s detective novel The Whites was published under the pen name Harry Brandt in 2015. Price has written numerous screenplays, including The Color of Money (1986) (for which he received an Oscar nomination), Life Lessons (the Martin Scorsese segment of New York Stories) (1989), Sea of Love (1989), Mad Dog and Glory (1993), Ransom (1996), and Shaft (2000). In 2008, he won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Dramatic Series for his work on the fifth season of The Wire. His eight-part HBO miniseries The Night Of premiered in July 2016. Price has written for The New York Times, Esquire Magazine, The New Yorker, Village Voice, Rolling Stone and more. In 1999, he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and was inducted into the Academy in 2009. He lives in New York with his wife Lorraine Adams.
Lorraine Adams is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and novelist. As a journalist, she is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, and a former contributor to The Washington Post. As a novelist, she is known for the award-winning Harbor and its sequel, The Room and the Chair. Harbor (2004) won the Los Angeles Times Award for First Fiction, Virginia Commonwealth University First Novelist Award, and Entertainment Weekly Best Novel of 2004, and made the New York Times Best Books of 2004 list. In 1992 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, which she shared with Dan Malone for their reportage on extensive misconduct and abuses of power within the Texas police. She won the 2006 VCU First Novelist Award, and in 2010 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.