1940 – Born on the 28th of March in Newton, Massachusetts.
Attended Colgate University for less than a semester.
Graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
1974 – Russell wrote the Snow.
1975 – He wrote the Searching for Survivors.
1985 – Mr. Banks wrote novel "Continental Drift" .
1989 – His novels have been made into film "Affliction".
1991 – His novel is adapted for feature-length film is The Sweet Hereafter .
1995 – Russell Banks wrote the "Rule of the Bone".
1997 – The Sweet Hereafter won the Grand Prix and International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
1998 – His recent novel is Cloudsplitter, tells the story of martyred anti-slavery activist John Brown, who lived in North Elba, an historic free Negro community in the Adirondacks.
2000 – He wrote The Angle on the Roof.