Booker 2021: Pulitzer winner Richard Powers confronts the climate crisis

Author Richard Powers says he has long been moved by activist Greta Thunberg and how she has given a voice to the ecological trauma of the young.
Author Richard Powers says he has long been moved by activist Greta Thunberg and how she has given a voice to the ecological trauma of the young.PHOTO: JOAN MALOOF

SINGAPORE - American author Richard Powers likes to be alone in the woods. He lives in the mountains of Southern Appalachia, a place so remote that when he needs to do publicity for a new book, he has to relocate an hour away to somewhere with sufficient bandwidth to conduct a Zoom interview.

In July, he returned from a camping trip to learn his 13th novel, Bewilderment, had been longlisted for the Booker Prize.

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