Off the Shelf with Richard Russo

Chances Are...
Event date: 
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Arthur Zankel Music Center
Skidmore College - 815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo will join us to discuss his new novel Chances Are... with Joe Donahue of WAMC Northeast Public Radio as part of our Off the Shelf series on Wednesday, August 21 at 7 pm at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College. Click here for directions, a map & parking information

Tickets are required for this event and are no longer available online. We will have tickets available at the door starting at 6 pm.

  • $38.00: 1 Seat, 1 Book: Admission for one to the event & one hardcover copy of Chances Are... 
  • $53.00: 2 Seats, 1 Book: Bring a Friend! Admission for two to the event & one hardcover copy of Chances Are...

About Chances Are...:

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls comes a new revelation: a riveting story about the abiding yet complex power of friendship.

One beautiful September day, three men convene on Martha's Vineyard, friends ever since meeting in college circa the sixties. They couldn't have been more different then, or even today--Lincoln's a commercial real estate broker, Teddy a tiny-press publisher, and Mickey a musician beyond his rockin' age. But each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since a Memorial Day weekend right here on the Vineyard in 1971: the disappearance of the woman each of them loved--Jacy Rockafellow. Now, more than forty years later, as this new weekend unfolds, three lives are displayed in their entirety while the distant past confounds the present like a relentless squall of surprise and discovery.

Shot through with Russo's trademark comedy and humanity, Chances Are... also introduces a new level of suspense and menace that will quicken the reader's heartbeat throughout this absorbing saga of how friendship's bonds are every bit as constricting and rewarding as those of family or any other community. For both longtime fans and lucky newcomers, Chances Are... is a stunning demonstration of a highly acclaimed author deepening and expanding his remarkable achievement.

OFF THE SHELF: Authors in Conversation - a partnership between the Northshire Bookstore and WAMC Northeast Public Radio - a live stage event featuring Joe Donahue of The Book Show interviewing authors. Each event is taped and later aired on WAMC, reaching thousands of listeners.

Richard Russo is the author of eight previous novels, two collections of stories, a collection of essays, and the memoir Elsewhere. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody's Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries; in 2016 he was given the Indie Champion Award by the American Booksellers Association; and in 2017 he received France's Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine.


Please note: Chances Are... will be released on July 30th. We prefer that you pick up your copy of the book at the event. However, if you need your book sooner you may bring your ticket to our Saratoga Springs store after July 30th to pick up your copy of the book.

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Chances Are . . .: A novel By Richard Russo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101947746
Published: Knopf - July 30th, 2019

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Empire Falls (Vintage Contemporaries) By Richard Russo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375726408
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Published: Vintage - April 12th, 2002

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The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life By Richard Russo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524733513
Published: Knopf - May 8th, 2018

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