PORTLAND – Author Richard Russo will speak about his new book, “Interventions,” at the Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture series at noon July 11. The lecture and book signing will be in the Rines Auditorium.

The Pulitzer Prize winner has teamed up with his daughter, artist Kate Russo, to present this tribute to the printed book. This inventive format — four individually bound volumes gathered in a slipcase — combines the previously unpublished novella “Intervention” with three shorter works, two of which have not been published in book form.

The four tales crackle with Russo’s perceptive wit and unwavering compassion for the human condition. Each of the four volumes is paired with a small, full-color print of a painting by Kate Russo.

The book, explains Kate Russo, grew out of a “lifelong conversation” between her and her father over art, his narrative language and her visual one. She sees “Interventions” as “a last hurrah” for the book.