Community Class: The Overstory by Richard Powers

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Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and a New York Times bestseller ever since, Richard Powers’s The Overstory is one of those rare novels that achieve both critical and commercial success. In this Community Class, Chris Alderman will consider the following questions: What kinds of topics tend to capture people’s imaginations these days, and how are they treated? What makes fiction more appropriate for such treatments than non-fiction? And how does The Overstory want us to think about being people—and not, for example, trees?

Chris Alderman is a tutor at Gutenberg College, where he teaches writing, Greek, and German. Chris has self-published two collections of poetry, Poems in Verse and Ephemerides.

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