Ed Falco: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Ed Falco

Award-Winning Author and Playwright

Ed Falco is the author of five novels and four short story collections. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he teaches in Virginia Tech's MFA program, and edits The New River, an online journal of electronic literature and art. He has won numerous awards and prizes for his writing, including The Robert Penn Warren Prize from The Southern Review, The Emily Clark Balch Prize from The Virginia Quarterly Review, and a National Endowment for Arts prize in fiction. His latest novel, Toughs, is based in part on historical events in the life of gangster Vince Coll. His previous novel The Family Corleone, was developed from a screenplay by Mario Puzo. Foreign rights have sold around the world, including Britain, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, and Vietnam. He is available to talk about the writing of The Family Corleone and its relationship to the Godfather movies and novels.

Falco’s most recent books include a novel based in part on real events called Toughs, (2014), the story collections, Burning Man (SMU, 2011), and the novel Saint John of the Five Boroughs (Unbridled, 2009). Other books include Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha: New and Selected Stories (Unbridled, 2006), Wolf Point, a novel,(Unbridled, 2006) and In the Park of Culture, a collection of short fictions from The University of Notre Dame Press. His earlier works include the novel Winter in Florida, the hypertext novel, A Dream with Demons, the hypertext poetry collection, Sea Island, and a chapbook of prose poem, Concert in the Park of Culture, as well as two collections of short stories: Acid and Plato at Scratch Daniel's & Other Stories. Acid won the Richard Sullivan Prize from the University of Notre Dame, and was a finalist for The Patterson Prize.

Falco’s stories have been published widely in journals, including The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, and TriQuarterly, and collected in The Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and several anthologies, including, Blue Cathedral: Short Fiction for the New Millennium. An early innovator in the field of digital writing, Falco's online work includes Self-Portrait as Child w/Father (Iowa Review Web), Circa 1967-1968 (Eastgate Reading Room), Charmin' Cleary (Eastgate Reading Room), and Chemical Landscapes Digital Tales (with photographer Mary Pinto, in Volume I of The Electronic Literature Collection).

As a playwright, Falco is the author of Home Delivery, which won the Hampden-Sydney Playwriting Award and was subsequently staged by the Hampden-Sydney Theater Department. Earlier versions of the play were given staged readings in Mill Mountain Theater's Centerpiece and Theater B reading series. Two plays, Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha and Radon, premiered in university productions at Virginia Tech. Both were directed by David Johnson. In the summer of 2001, Falco worked with artists and actors from the United States, England, Greece, Bosnia, and Germany in an international theatre project meant to explore the healing power of drama. Scenes from The Cretans, a play developed during the project, were presented for a small audience in an amphitheatre on the Aegean in the village of Kolympari, Crete. His recent plays include, The Center and Possum Dreams, the latter of which was read at Urban Stages in New York, directed by Connie Grappo of the Working Theater.

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  • Writing in the Digital Age
  • The Family Corleone and The Godfather

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