Richard Russo Ticketed Event

Join us on Tuesday, August 20 at 7:00pm for a reading and book signing with one of our favorite fiction writers, Richard Russo, who is celebrating the release of his latest novel, Chances Are.

*This event is ticketed and will be limited to the first 125 to purchase a Book + Ticket package. See below to purchase and for more information. Questions? Contact us at or call 413-534-7307*

About the Book

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.

About the Author

Richard Russo is the author of eight novels, most recently Everybody’s Fool and That Old Cape Magic; two collections of stories; 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. He lives in Port­land, Maine.

Get Your Ticket

Click here to purchase your ticket to this event.

With this purchase, you will receive one copy of Chances Are... by Richard Russo and will be granted admission for one to his book talk at the Odyssey Bookshop on Tuesday, August 20 at 7:00pm. If you would like two tickets, please purchase two Book + Ticket packages (etc.). The book reading will be limited to the first 125 people who purchase a Book + Ticket which can only be done online through Brown Paper Tickets. If you purchase a book in-store or online through the regular book page, please note that this does not count as a ticket. If you have questions, please call 413-534-7307.

If you would like to go through the process in-store, an Odyssey Bookseller can walk you through creating an account and purchasing online at one of our store computers. 

Important Event Details

This event is wheelchair accessible. If you are a wheelchair user, please let us know in the comments upon checkout so we can place you in the appropriate seating group.  

Books go on sale on Tuesday, July 30. Customers may pick up their book + ticket any time in store after 10:00 am on July 30. Customers also have the option to pick up their book + ticket at our Will Call table at our store on the day of the event.

If you are unable to purchase a Book + Ticket but still want to meet Richard Russo and/or have a book signed, you may wait until after the event is over and enough people have left the store to enter the signing line. No one will be turned away, but we cannot predict with any certainty what time we will be able to let people in. 

Please note: all ticket sales are final and nonrefundable unless the event is canceled. 

All event tickets come with a copy of Richard Russo's Chances Are.... If you live out of town or otherwise cannot attend the event but would like to pre-order a signed book, click here.

Event date: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Odyssey Bookshop
South Hadley, MA 01075
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