Richard Russo grew up in Gloversville, New York, and attended the University of Arizona, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree, a Master of Fine Arts, and a PhD. He has taught at Southern Illinois University and Colby College, and is the author of seven novels, including That Old Cape Magic, Bridge of Sighs, Straight Man, Nobody’s Fool, and Empire Falls, which won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. He has also written a collection of short stories and several produced screenplays. He lives in coastal Maine and Boston.
Kate Russo was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in 1982, and moved to Maine with her family at the age of nine. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College and a Master of Fine Arts from The Slade School of Fine Art in London, England. She currently lives in Rockland, Maine with her husband, Tom. Her art has been exhibited all over England and recently at Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland, Maine.