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Orfeo: A Novel

Richard Powers
In conversation with Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW's "Bookworm"
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Episode Summary

This new work by the MacArthur Award-winning novelist begins when composer Peter Els opens the door to find the police on his doorstep. His home microbiology lab—where he experiments to find music in surprising patterns—has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. Seeking help from family and a longtime collaborator, this “Bioterrorist Bach” hatches a plan to turn his disastrous collision with the security state into a work of art that will reawaken its audience to the sounds all around them.


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Participant(s) Bio

Richard Powers is the much-lauded author of eleven novels, including The Echo Maker, which won the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction. He is also a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Award. His fiction often explores the effects of modern science and technology.

Michael Silverblatt is the host of KCRW's half-hour radio show Bookworm, where he introduces listeners to new and emerging authors along with writers of renown. He created Bookworm for KCRW-FM in 1989. The complete Bookworm archive can be heard at kcrw.com/bookworm.