Richard Powers

The Midday Book Club: Read "The Overstory" by Richard Powers *For Adults

For this month's The Midday Book Club, we'll be discussing "The Overstory" by Richard Powers. Join the conversation as we discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Overstory by bestselling author Richard Powers. "The Overstory is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of...
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Author Richard Powers on his novel “Bewilderment”

Richard Powers’ last novel, “The Overstory,” was a 600-page deep-dive into the science of forests, and the relationships between trees and human beings. His newest, “Bewilderment,” is less than half that length, but both vaster and more intimate in scope. It is the story of an astrobiologist who looks for life on other planets, while he navigates a complex relationship with his young son. Powers joins us in front of an audience at Parkrose High School.

Roxane Gay, Emily St. John Mandel, Richard Powers, Ocean Vuong, more: 23 Oregon literary events

Events are free and virtual unless otherwise noted. “Broadsides: A Collection of Poetry and Other Writings,” an exhibit from the John Wilson Special Collections of Multnomah County Library, opened April 12. It’s on display 10 a.m-6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (hours may differ on holidays) through July 12, Collins Gallery, Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Ave., Portland.

Richard Powers on Writing about the More-than-Human World

“Both Echo Maker and Bewilderment have strong ties to the ethos of a state where our present and our future are being hashed out and fought for. The vision of a healthier, a more rewarding, a more meaningful relationship to place and other creatures is very much central to Wisconsin politics, and that’s why I wanted Madison as the setting for my novel.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers talks about his new book

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers' new novel, "Bewilderment", looks at climate change and animal extinction through the eyes of a widowed father and his nine-year-old son. Powers is coming to the Egyptian Theater in Boise on April 18th as part of The Cabin's Readings and Conversations Series and he joins Gemma now.
Aspen Times

Novelist Richard Powers wants his books to change your life

Richard Powers was changed by writing “The Overstory,” his Pulitzer Prize-winning 2018 novel. The experience of writing and researching that book, an epic exploring human relationships with trees that came 12 novels and four decades into his writing life, has set him on a new trajectory both in the style and substance of his work, Powers said in a recent interview from his home in Tennessee near Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Bewilderment by Richard Powers

Richard Powers has published thirteen novels. He is a MacArthur Fellow and received the National Book Award. His latest novel is Bewilderment. He lives in the Great Smokie Mountains. Theo Byrne is an astrobiologist who searches for life throughout the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual nine-year-old Robin, following the...

Richard Powers on His New Book ‘Bewilderment’

In his latest book, Bewilderment, the celebrated novelist Richard Powers explores an intense father-son relationship on an ailing planet. As wildfires rage and floodwaters rise, widower Theo and his unusual young child, Robin, attempt to understand why so little is being done to stop the accelerating effects of climate change. Powers’s previous novel, The Overstory, won a Pulitzer Prize, and now Bewilderment has been longlisted for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It’s also the inaugural pick for the relaunch of the Outside Book Club, and we’ve been discussing the book for the last month in our Facebook group (which we encourage you to join). Outside correspondent Eva Holland, who reviewed Bewilderment for Outside, reached Powers by phone to talk about how the novel came to be, why its message matters so much, and how he thought up the book’s dramatic ending.
Shelby Reporter

Ray Franklin, Richard Powers bring unique twist to Chelsea broadcast

Almost directly out of a scene in the “Christmas Story,” Ray Franklin fired a BB gun while in the woods with his friend Richard Powers. At that moment, what Franklin didn’t know, is that when the BB ricocheted off a tree and back to hit Powers near his eye, a lifelong friendship was born.
Literary Hub

Richard Powers on How Stories Can Help Us Cultivate Kinship with Other Creatures

Emergence Magazine is a quarterly online publication exploring the threads connecting ecology, culture, and spirituality. As we experience the desecration of our lands and waters, the extinguishing of species, and a loss of sacred connection to the Earth, we look to emerging stories. Each issue explores a theme through innovative digital media, as well as the written and spoken word. The Emergence Magazine podcast features exclusive interviews, narrated essays, stories, and more.

Aspen Winter Words lineup includes ‘Powder Days’ author Heather Hansman, Pulitzer winners Anthony Doerr and Richard Powers

After going virtual last season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Winter Words author series will return with a six-event mix of in-person and virtual talks for 2021-22. It includes Pulitzer Prize-winning novelists Anthony Doerr and Richard Powers, both of whom have acclaimed new books out, and the ski journalist Heather Hansman.
Macdaily News

Oprah Winfrey to discuss ‘Bewilderment’ with author Richard Powers on ‘Oprah’s Book Club,’ premiering Oct. 22 on Apple TV+

Oprah Winfrey sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning and No.1 New York Times best-selling author Richard Powers to discuss his new novel “Bewilderment” on the latest episode of “Oprah’s Book Club,” available for free starting Friday, October 22, on Apple TV+. In this insightful and in-depth interview, Winfrey and Powers reflect...
Literary Hub

Richard Powers on the Duplicity of Bewilderment

First Draft: A Dialogue of Writing is a weekly show featuring in-depth interviews with fiction, nonfiction, essay writers, and poets, highlighting the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft, and the literary arts. Hosted by Mitzi Rapkin, First Draft celebrates creative writing and the individuals who are dedicated to bringing their carefully chosen words to print as well as the impact writers have on the world we live in.
The Day

Review: Richard Powers amazes again with 'Bewilderment'

“Bewilderment,” by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton & Company) Here are two words that are so ingrained in Richard Powers’ astounding new novel as to be almost unnecessary: Autism and Trump. The book tells the story of Theo Byrne and his son Robin, Robbie for short. Theo is an astrobiologist, which...

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers discusses his new novel 'Bewilderment'

In his new novel, award-winning author Richard Powers probes an essential question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?. Called an “ecological parable,” Powers’ latest book, “Bewilderment,” tells the story of a widowed astrobiologist as he struggles to raise his precocious son alone, in the midst of our all-too-real climate crisis.