Critics are raving about The Overstory, Richard Powers’s sweeping, passionate novel about trees, people, and our planet’s existential struggle between humans and non-humans. In a series of concentric and interlocking stories ranging from antebellum New York to the late 20th-Century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest, trees bring small lives together into larger acts of war, love, loyalty, and betrayal.
Join one of our most “prodigiously talented” (The New York Times Book Review) novelists for a compelling conversation—with audience Q&A and bookplate signing to follow.
“Remarkable… soars up through the canopy of American literature.” —Washington Post
Richard Powers has authored 12 novels, received a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Book Award, and is a Pulitzer Prize and four-time National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. His latest work, The Overstory, is a sweeping, passionate novel of activism and resistance that is also a song of praise to the natural world. In a series of interlocking stories ranging from antebellum New York to the late-20th-century Pacific Northwest timber wars, trees bring small lives together into larger acts of war, love, loyalty, and betrayal.
Lecture followed by conversation with Todd Forrest, NYBG Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections.
Support for the Humanities Institute at The New York Botanical Garden provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation