An Evening with Richard Powers

Widely acclaimed novelist Richard Powers kicks off Elk River Arts & Lectures’ Spring 2022 Lecture Series with a discussion of his 2021 novel, Bewilderment at Livingston’s Elk Lodge, 130 S. 2nd St., on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Powers is the author of thirteen novels, including The Overstory and Orfeo, and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Award. He lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Powers’ work draws on his extraordinary facility with science and technology, producing very human stories entangled with very specialized topics—genetics, artificial intelligence, musical composition, botany, and more. In his latest novel, Bewilderment, Powers delves into astrobiology and neuroscience.

“With its soaring descriptions of the natural world, its tantalizing vision of life beyond, and its account of a father and son’s ferocious love, Bewilderment marks Richard Powers’ most intimate and moving novel.” Kirkus Reviews called Bewilderment a “taut ecological parable. … A touching novel that offers a vital message with uncommon sympathy and intelligence.”

The Los Angeles Times described Powers as “an essential member of the pantheon of writers who are using fiction to address climate change.”

Powers’ visit is made possible by the very generous support of the Park County Community Foundation. During his time in Livingston, Powers will visit a creating writing class at Park High School.

Elk River Arts & Lectures is a nonprofit organization with the mission of cultivating and celebrating the literary arts in Park County. For more information, call 333-2330 or visit elkriverarts.org.

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