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, Read More
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, Read More
Video of full performance of Project Orfeo at Duke University, September 25, 2016. Richard Powers joins Duke faculty composer Scott Lindroth, the Horszowski Piano Trio, clarinetist Benjamin Fingland, flutist Laura Gilbert and Duke faculty violist Jonathan Bagg in a mixed-media concert that combines readings from Powers’ 2014 novel Orfeo with performances of Messiaen’s Quartet, Read More
“Words and Music: A Conversation about Project Orfeo,” video of a discussion with Richard Powers, violist Jonathan Bagg, and composer Scott Lindroth about collaborations between musicians and writers, and these artists’ experience with their current collaboration for “Project Orfeo.” “Project Orfeo” is a mixed-media concert that combines readings by Powers from his 2014 novel, Orfeo,, Read More
Words and Music: A Conversation about “Project Orfeo,” casual discussion with Richard Powers, Jonathan Bagg, and Scott Lindroth, 12 noon, September 23, Duke University.
Host Frank Stasio speaks with musician Jonathan Bagg and composer Scott Lindroth about the literary inspiration behind Project Orfeo, on “The State of Things,” WUNC, September 21, 2016. Musician Jonathan Bagg, of Duke’s Ciompi String Quartet, enjoys putting on performances that combine the intellectual power of words with the emotional nuance of music. His, Read More
“A Famous Novelist and a Duke Composer Combine Their Powers in Project Orfeo,” by Dan Ruccia, IndyWeek, September 21, 2016. An interview with composer Scott Lindroth about Project Orfeo, based on the Powers novel. “Lindroth’s raving about the book to musicians Jonathan Bagg and Laura Gilbert led Gilbert to reveal that she had grown up with, Read More
“Music as a Muse: Making Project Orfeo,” by Eric Ferreri, Duke Today, September 20, 2016. “Duke composer Scott Lindroth explains how he turned author Richard Powers’ words into music.” Includes a printed interview and video (also available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiiJtpnHUQk).
Project Orfeo will be performed at Duke University on September 25, 2016. Powers joins Duke faculty composer Scott Lindroth, the Horszowski Piano Trio, clarinetist Benjamin Fingland, flutist Laura Gilbert and Duke faculty violist Jonathan Bagg in a mixed-media concert that combines readings from Powers’ 2014 novel Orfeo with performances of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End, Read More