Richard Ford shares a laugh with BBC Vice Provost Steve Moll at an April 4 event honoring him with the 4th annual Lawrence A. Sanders Award for Fiction. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist received the award from the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English in recognition of work that combines literary excellence with popular appeal.
After accepting the award from Moll and Les Standiford, director of the Creative Writing Program, Ford read from his latest book Canada (2012) and shared insights into his upbringing and what drives him to write.
Ford has penned two short story collections and seven novels. His novel Independence Day (1995) was the first to ever win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.