Richard Powers’s new novel, The Overstory, published by Norton, is due in bookstores April 3, 2018, and from William Heinemann in UK April 12.

Richard Powers is, to my mind, one of the greatest living American novelists. He is certainly one of the most formidable, rewarding authors I have ever read. This new novel is endlessly fascinating, extraordinary and utterly unforgettable.”  (Jason Arthur, publisher)

A monumental novel about reimagining our place in the living world, by one of our most “prodigiously talented”(New York Times Book Review) novelists.

In an Op-Ed piece for the New York Times (June 16, 2017),  Richard Powers addresses the Trump administration’s efforts to delist national monuments in “Keep America Wild.”

A playlist for The Time of Our Singing is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoksMEuYT21crKgmBrRehqb1MlPqIyfwq

 

Richard Powers joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss Steven Millhauser’s “A Visit,” from a 1997 issue of the The New Yorker, January 3, 2017 (podcast).

“Professors at America’s elite colleges pick one book every student should read in 2017,” Business Insider, Abby Jackson, December 22, 2016. James Berger of Yale University picks Orfeo.

“It is a story of music and genetics in our contemporary age of terror and surveillance. An idiosyncratic retelling of the Orpheus myth, an elderly avant garde composer who feels he has tried and exhausted every possible musical experiment, returns to his first love, biology, and seeks to inscribe a musical score onto the mutating DNA of bacteria. Yup.

“But his efforts are mistaken to be acts of bioterrorism, and so he flees into the ‘underworld’ of contemporary America, returning also to the various Euridices of his past. Amazing book —and you’ll learn a hell of a lot about music, science, politics … and even about Life!”