Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and (as of December) resumed with his wife Kristina Ford their long-standing residence in New Orleans. He is the author of 13 novels and story collections, plus a memoir about his parents. He has for years written on culture and politics for many European newspapers, including Le Monde, El Pais Corrierre della Sera, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Welt, The Irish Times and The Guardian of London, His fiction has been recognized with The Pulitzer Prize, the Prix Femina in France, The Princess of Asturias Prize in Spain, The Carnegie Gold Medal, and The Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. He has taught literature in many universities, including Trinity College, Dublin, Princeton, Harvard. Until last spring he was The Emmanuel Roman and Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University in New York City.