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Richard Russo’s new novella is a haunted—and haunting—tale of regret and loss


February 15, 2013 In his latest installment for the Chapter 16 podcast, Stephen Usery talks by phone with Richard Russo, the acclaimed author of Empire Falls, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002. This winter Russo has released two new titles: Nate in Venice, a novella available only as a Byliner ebook, and Elsewhere, a memoir about his mother. In this conversation, recorded on February 8 as winter storm Nemo was bearing down on his home in Maine, Russo talks about both books, as well as his comic novel The Straight Man and his story collection Interventions. Along the way, he also touches on the difference between novels and short stories and the “the beautiful netherworld” of the novella, and he gives a preview of Everybody’s Fool, the novel he’s writing now.