Former Colby Professor, Rick Russo, will read selections from his recently released novel "Empire Falls," set in a depressed Maine mill town. The New York Times said, "Mr. Russo has an instinctive gift for capturing the rhythm of small-town life." Russo's other acclaimed novels include "The Risk Pool," "Straight Man" and "Nobody's Fool," the latter made into a film starring Paul Newman. Says Publishers Weekly: "When it comes to envoking the cherished hopes and dreams of ordinary people, Russo is unsurpassed." This reading is sponsored by the Clark-Donnelley Fund for Visiting Writers.