POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Award-winning novelist and English professor Richard Powers will read from his current work in progress on Wednesday, November 16, at 6:00 p.m., in the Sanders Classroom Building auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
Powers, author of such works as Three Farmers On Their Way to a Dance, Galatea 2.2, and The Gold Bug Variations, has received abundant praise for his work. The New Yorker magazine noted, "Powers is one of our most lavishly gifted writers. The arc of his career is rising steadily and honestly, and his intelligence is humane and nourishing." His latest novel, The Time of Our Singing, a work that explores two generations of the musical, intellectual and mixed race Strom family, was called "…fascinating, stimulating and moving" by The New York Times Book Review.
Born and raised in Chicago, Powers moved to Thailand at the age of eleven with his family, an experience he called "eye-opening". A voracious reader and musically gifted as a child, Powers eventually studied physics, and later English, at the University of Illinois. His first novel, Three Farmers On Their Way to a Dance, published in 1985, was inspired by the 1913 August Sander photograph, Young Farmers. Powers' early interest in the relationship between science, technology and the arts informs his novels.
Richard Powers was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998, and awarded the MacArthur Fellowship in 1989, and his honors also include the Dos Passos Prize For Literature. In 1996 he was named to the Swanlund Chair in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he continues to teach today.
For more information, please call, Michael Joyce, Vassar professor of English at (845) 437-5941. This program is funded by the English Department, the Dean of Faculty and the Helen Forster Novy '28 Fund for Visiting Scholars. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should call the Office of Campus Activities, at (845) 437-5370.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts, college founded in 1861.