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Person Place Thing: Richard Russo on Somebody’s Fool with Randy Cohen, Ben Copperhead, and Brent Arnold

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Wednesday, 7:00 pm EDT July 26, 2023

The Center for Fiction
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The Center for Fiction is thrilled to partner with Emmy Award-winning journalist, humorist, and writer Randy Cohen for a live recording of his innovative public-radio interview show, Person Place Thing. In this episode, Cohen welcomes the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo (Empire Falls, Chances Are . . . ) to speak about one person, one place, and one thing meaningful to him, and to celebrate the launch of his latest novel, Somebody’s Fool. In this wry drama of small-town life, Russo returns to North Bath, in Upstate New York, and to the characters that captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of readers in Russo’s beloved bestsellers Nobody’s Fool and Everybody’s Fool. Full of humor, pathos, and wisdom, Somebody’s Fool explores grief and reconciliation with dexterous storytelling. Join us for engaging discussion and surprising stories—interspersed with live performances by musicians Ben Copperhead and Brent Arnold from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. This is a can’t-miss event for Russo fans—new and longtime alike!

Presented with Person Place Thing and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

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    Richard Russo

    Richard Russo

    Richard Russo is the author of nine novels, most recently Chances Are . . . , Everybody’s Fool, and That Old Cape Magic; two collections of stories; and the memoir Elsewhere. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which, like Nobody’s Fool, won multiple awards for its screen adaptation, and in 2023 his novel Straight Man was adapted into the television series Lucky Hank. In 2017, he received France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine. He lives in Port­land, Maine.

    Photo Credit: Elena Seibert

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    Randy Cohen

    Randy Cohen

    Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays, and stories for newspapers and magazines (the New Yorker, Harper’s, the Atlantic, Young Love Comics). His first television work was writing for Late Night with David Letterman for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s TV Nation. He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error, and he kept it. For twelve years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for the New York Times magazine. In 2010, his first play, The Punishing Blow, ran at New York’s Clurman Theater. He is the creator and host of Person Place Thing, a public-radio program.

    Photo Credit: Marlene Meyerson, JCC Manhattan

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    Ben Copperhead

    Ben Copperhead

    Ben Copperhead is a New York City-based composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist whose compositions, performances, and arrangements offer a unique, contemporary vision informed by an unlikely range of influences, traditions, and collaborations.

    Copperhead expresses his folk roots through his “otherworldly” banjo style and ethos of political protest. The influence of free jazz and figures like Coltrane, Coleman, and Monk can be heard in his contrapuntal improvisational excursions and alternate tunings. Polyphonies inspired by European classical and North African artists inform his modal and tonal explorations, while the use of samplers, processed drum machines, tape loops, and handmade electronic instruments were inspired in part by the experimentalism of Musique Concrète.

    Copperhead has also collaborated and performed with the legendary Mavis Staples, Darryl McDaniels(DMC), Michael Bearden, Ed Askew, Nona Hendryx, Mary Lattimore, Eugene Chadbourne, Arnold de Boer (Zea/Th Ex).

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    Brent Arnold

    Brent Arnold

    Brent Arnold is a cellist, composer, producer, music director, and arranger. He studied with violinist Michael White (Pharoah Sanders, John Handy) and cellist Walter Grey (Kronos Quartet). He creates music for cello & electronics and composes for concert, theater, film, dance. Founding member of Ghost Quartet with Dave Malloy, Gelsey Bell, and Brittain Ashford.

    Photo Credit: Julieta Feroz

About Our Partners

Person Place Thing is produced with the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and sponsored by WAMC Northeast Public Radio. An interview show, it is based on this idea: people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great talkers.

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music aims to transform lives and build community through the expressive, educational and therapeutic powers of music.

We envision a world where every New Yorker, regardless of age, income or level of ability, has access to high-quality music instruction and music therapy. We believe that neighborhoods traditionally under-served by New York City cultural institutions need and deserve hands-on musical experiences, and that by creating these opportunities we are building a more vibrant, interconnected city.

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