Richard Ford

29 February 2024


For five decades the crisp beauty of Richard Ford’s prose has rendered American life with luminous clarity. With Be Mine, Ford concludes the series that began with The Sportswriter, bringing the everyman philosophy of Frank Bascombe to bear on our interesting times.

6:00pm, Thursday 29 February 2024
Auditorium 2, State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place, South Brisbane 4101

With his son terminally ill, and his twilight years preoccupied with thoughts of death, Frank Bascombe embarks on a road-trip across the land that has long been Ford’s psychic terrain. Musing with his son over life’s absurdities, Frank’s staunch ambivalence takes on new resonances with age; Be Mine is a poignant swan song from one of the most complex characters in contemporary fiction.

Join this extraordinary writer as he reflects on a singular literary career, in conversation with Venero Armanno.

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