Bookwaves/Artwaves – July 15, 2021: Richard Powers

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Richard Powers

Two interviews with Richard Powers, one of America’s most distinguished novelists. In 2006, his novel The Echo Maker, won the National Book Award and was a finmalist for the Pulitzer, and his most recent novel, The Overstory, was short-listed for the Booker Prize and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Richard Powers explores the effects of modern science and technology in his twelve novels. Along with the Pulitzer and National Book Award, he has won many other awards over the course of his career, including a MacArthur Fellowship. Richard Powers has taught at the University of Illinois and Stanford Universities.

An interview recorded during the book tour for “The Time of Our Singing,” recorded in the KPFA studios, February 15, 2003.

In 2003, his novel The Time of Our Singing was published to excellent reviews. A multi-generational epic of the civil rights movement, the book combined his love of physics and music, and took his writing to a new level, becoming a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winning two other major literary awards.

Complete 40-minute podcast.


An interview recorded during the book tour for “The Overstory,” recorded in the KPFA studios, April 27, 2018.

Richard Powers delves into the world of eco-terrorism and the secret life of trees in this epic story about eight individuals who, together and apart, come to see the forests of earth as our salvation, and the salvation of the planet. Based on prodigious research, Powers tells of the way trees communicate with one another, and spins stories based on real life confrontations between protestors and those who would destroy the lifeblood of the planet to pay off leveraged debt.

Richard Powers explores the effects of modern science and technology in his twelve novels. Along with the National Book award for “The Echo Maker,”  he has won many other awards over the course of his career, including a MacArthur Fellowship. Richard Powers has taught at the University of Illinois and Stanford Universities.

:Complete 41-minute podcast


Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

Bay Area Book Festival  Check website for streaming events from the 2021 Festival and upcoming events.
Books Inc.  See website for upcoming events.
Book Passage.  Calendar for July. Live book events return in August.
The Booksmith   The Bindery has moved to 1727 Haight Street in San Francisco.  Calendar for July.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. Check website for listings.
Kepler’s Books  On-line Refresh the Page program listings.

Alter Theatre. Brer Peach, an audio play by Andrew Saito, see website for details.
American Conservatory Theatre Freestyle Love Supreme opens January 21, 2022 at the Geary Theater.
Aurora Theatre Stoop Stories by Dael Orlandersmith, September 3 – October 3, 2021 on the main stage. Digital concert: The Kilbanes, Weightless, July 31, 5 pm, live performance.
Berkeley Rep The Ripple, That Wave That Carried Me Home by Christina Anderson, opens October 1, 2021, Peets Theater. Wintertime by Charles L. Mee, opens November 12, 2021, Roda Theater.
Brava Theatre Center: Streaming On Demand: Manifesto, through July 18, 2021
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes)  The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, adapted by Eric Ting & Philippa Kelly, September 1 – 26, 2021. Check website for added shows at the Bruns over the summer.
Central Works Audio plays: Bystanders by Patricia Milton, streaming now. The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, streaming now.  Script Club for July: Years in the Hundreds by Jesse Potterveld. 2022 season to be announced in October.
Cinnabar Theatre. Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler, weekends in September starting September 10, 2021. Streaming on demand September 24-26.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre Upcoming in-theater schedule to be announced.
Curran Theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set to resume January 11, 2022 as a single evening play. Taylor Mac videos available on-line.
Custom Made Theatre Season schedule to be announced.
42nd Street Moon. Third Tuesday, Talks Over the Moon, 8 pm: Every other Friday at 8 pm: Full Moon Fridays Cabaret. Sundays at 8 pm: Quiz Me Kate: Musical Theatre Trivia. 2021-2022 season to be announced this summer.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Upcoming season to be announced.
Magic Theatre. Gala ’21, August 5, 2021. In-theater performances to resume 2022.
Marin Theatre Company The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, streaming through July 24, 2021. On stage: The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp, September/October 2021.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Upcoming Events Page.
New Conservatory Theatre Center Streaming:  Hold Me The Forgotten Way, through December, 31, 2021; In Good Company, season one, through July 15, 2021; Season two, July 15, 2021 – July 15, 2022. In Theater: Interlude by Harrison David Rivers, October 8 – November 7, 2021.
Oakland Theater Project. The Dream Life of Malcolm X by John Wilkins. July 23 – August 29. Outdoors in the Parking Lot, Oakland Theater at FLAX Art & Design, Live streamed, August 21, On Demand through September 12.
Pear Theater. Late Wedding by Christopher Chen. indoor/outdoor/live stream. Check website for details. Through July 18, 2021.
Ray of Light: Carrie: The Musical, dates to be announced.
San Francisco Playhouse. In Theatre/Streaming On Demand, The Song of Summer by Lauren Yee, July 20 – August 14. Starting Here, Starting Now, the songs of Maltby and Shire. August 31 – October 2.
SFBATCO See website for upcoming streaming and in theatre shows.
Shotgun Players. Streaming: Sassafras  through July 10, 2021. Main stage: Passing Strange, March 5 – April 10, 2022.
The Breath Project. Streaming archive.
The Marsh: MarshStream updated calendar. In theater performances to be announced.
Theatre Rhino Essential Services Project, conceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances now available, March 2020 – May 2021. Upcoming season to be announced.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.  On stage: Lizard Boy, a new musical by Justin Huertas, October 6 – October, 31, 2021.

National, Misc:
Chamber Music San Francisco: Live concerts return February, 2022.
Dance Mission Theatre. On stage events calendar.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Live on stage: Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer by Cheryl L. West. July 1 – October 9.
Atlantic Theatre Company. Live theater in New York resumes August 26, 2021.
Irish Repertory Theatre. The Cordelia Dream, streaming July 27 – August 8, 2021; George M. Cohan Tonight, streaming August 17 – August 29, 2021.
Public Theatre, New York. Streaming now: Shadow/Land, audio play. Events Calendar. Shakespeare in the Park: Merry Wives at the Delacorte, opened July 6.
Playbill List of Streaming Theatre: Updated weekly, this is probably the best list you’ll find of national and international streaming plays and musicals. Each week has its own webpage, so scroll down.
National Theatrical Streaming: Upcoming plays from around the country.

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Artist Song Album Label
Matthew MontfortAmberNarada GuitarUMG - Narada Productions, Inc.
David HolmesSnake EyesMusic From The Motion Picture Ocean's ThirteenWMG - Warner Sunset/Warner Records