The Merwin Conservancy Welcomes MacArthur Fellow and Best-Selling Novelist Richard Powers in the First ‘Green Room’ Presentation of 2019
“One of our most prodigiously talented novelists.” – The New York Times Book Review
On Wednesday, February 6th in Honolulu and Friday, February 8th 2018 on Maui, The Merwin Conservancy will present two intimate evenings with with Richard Powers, a MacArthur Fellow, best-selling novelist and author of The Overstory (2018, W.W. Norton), in The Green Room, an arts and ecology salon series that fosters a reverence for language, nature, and imagination in the community.
Considered “one of our most prodigiously talented novelists” (New York Times Book Review), Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels that employ multiple narrative frames to explore connections among disciplines as disparate as photography, artificial intelligence, musical composition, genomics, game theory, virtual reality, race, business, and ecology.
Powers has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, has won the National Book Award, and his most recent book, The Overstory, is a New York Times best seller, was a finalist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, and is listed as on of the “Best Books of 2018” by the Washington Post, referring to the book as “powerfully galvanizing” and “the most exciting novel about trees you’ll ever read”, which “soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction.”
Richard Powers will appear in The Green Room on February 6th at the Doris Duke Theatre in partnership with the Honolulu Museum of Art on O‘ahu, and on February 8th at the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Maui. Both programs begin at 7pm.
For tickets and more event information, visit these links:
- Wednesday, February 6th: Honolulu Museum of Art (Honolulu, O‘ahu)
- Friday, February 8th, Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Kahului, Maui)
“The Green Room connects our community with brilliant minds whose imaginations connect nature, science, language, and art in astonishingly new ways,” said Merwin Conservancy Executive Director Sonnet Coggins. “It is always an incredible privilege to welcome such inspiring thinkers to Hawai’i, but our good fortune to be joined by Richard Powers in February astounds me. My own relationship to nature took on so much nuance, texture, mystery, and awe after immersing myself in The Overstory. I know that other lives will be similarly enriched by Richard Powers’ art, and by his presence here in Hawai’i. “
The Honolulu event is made possible by a partnership with the Honolulu Museum of Art, and with additional support from Halekulani Hotel. The Maui event is presented by FIM Group. The overall series is supported by a grant from the Atherton Family Foundation. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit The Merwin Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
About Richard Powers
Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels that employ multiple narrative frames to explore connections among disciplines as disparate as photography, artificial intelligence, musical composition, genomics, game theory, virtual reality, race, business, and ecology. His fiction and speculative essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, Grand Street, The New York Times, Conjunctions, Granta, The Guardian, Common Knowledge, Wired, Tin House, Zoetrope, Paris Review, The Believer, Best American Short Stories, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine.
His books have won numerous recognitions, including The Rosenthal and Vursell Awards; the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians; the Corrington Award; a PEN/Hemingway Special Citation; the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, two Pushcart Prizes, and TIME Magazine’s Book of the Year. He is a MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recipient of the Lannan Literary Award. He won the W.H. Smith Literary Award (UK) for best novel of 2003 and the Ambassador Book Award from the English Speaking Union, 2004. His novel The Echo Maker was given the 2006 National Book Award. The Overstory (2018) was short-listed for the Man-Booker Prize and won the French Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine.
His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. In 2010, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Praise for The Overstory:
“The Overstory pulls readers heart-first into a perspective so much longer-lived and more subtly developed than the human purview that we gain glimpses of a vast, primordial sensibility…a gigantic fable of genuine truths.” – Barbara Kingsolver, New York Review of Books
About The Green Room
The Green Room is a Hawai‘i-based arts and ecology salon series steeped in the values of The Merwin Conservancy—which include a reverence for nature, language, art and imagination. Launched in 2013, The Green Room presents writers, poets, artists, botanists, and environmentalists –from both Hawai’i and off-island – to create enriching, intimate, meaningful events that spark conversation, community engagement and artistic expression. Events are now held on two islands, on Maui at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, and on O‘ahu at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Past events have included presentations by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, Bill McKibben, Billy Collins, Edward Hirsch, Lewis Hyde, Matthew Zapruder, Michael Wiegers, Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele, Alexis Rockman, Susan Middleton, Cathy Song, Hope Jahren, Bill Porter aka Red Pine, William Finnegan, Michael Ondaatje, Gary Paul Nabhan, Jane Hirshfield, David Grubin, Susan Casey, Barry Lopez, Naomi Shihab Nye, Terry Tempest Williams, and Dr. Abraham Verghese. For more information, visit: www.merwinconservancy.org/the-green-room.