Man Booker

Richard Powers is among the first four Americans on the list of thirteen nominations for the prestigious and now international Man Booker Prize. “Man Booker Prize 2014 Longlist Announced,” by Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, July 23, 2014.

Full view of the open ATLAS Detector. Photo Courtesy of CERN

A film of Richard Powers’s novel The Gold Bug Variations is in the works by Mark Levinson, director of the acclaimed documentary “Particle Fever.”  In this interview by Steve Newall from The Flicks Interviews, July 16, 2014, Levinson says, when asked what he’s thinking about doing next:

I’m really interested in exploring the art/ science overlap more, and there’s a novel that I read before I did “Particle Fever” that I think brilliantly looks at molecular biology and music, in the context of a very human story. It’s called The Gold Bug Variations, by Richard Powers. I’m starting to write the screenplay now.


“Zigger Zagger: Orfeo is another brilliant turn from Richard Powers,” by Matthew Packer, New Zealand Listener, June 26, 2014.

At one level, Orfeo is a contemporary Fugitive-style thriller, a cross-country escapade in trying to outfox Homeland Security. But it’s also an exploration and history of the frontiers of modern music and art, loaded with insights into creativity, and a long kind of elegy for a few composers.