2020 One Book One Island Selection: The Overstory

One Book One Island Program announces that its 2020 selection is The Overstory by Richard Powers.

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Overstory spans multiple  timelines and senses of place. It begins with what seems to be a collection of irrelevant short stories, which are later woven together to bring the reader full-circle into Powers’ intended tale; a tale of unassuming strangers, leading totally separate lives, finding each other in the same activist mission against environmental destruction. Redwood forests and born-again activist, Powers uses The Overstory to re-engage the reader with the “why” individuals should fight to protect – a perspective piece with true depth and complexity that is sure to be appreciated by all types of readers.

For a quick review, check out Powers’ website. He has bottlenecked his market well, providing as comprehensive a review an interested person could hope to find.

Calendar of Events

All events are free.

Gallery Opening
Fri., March 6 
5 – 7 pm Artists Association of Nantucket
24 Amelia Drive

Saturday, March 7

Stories & Crafts  (ages birth to 5 years old)
10:30 am
Community School Early Childhood Team
56 Centre Street
Book Discussion & Video
5:30 pm
Nantucket Atheneum
1 India Street

Video: Our Planet – Forests and Jungles
Sunday, March 8
4 pm
Dreamland Theater
South Water St.

Lecture: Matt Largess, Forester and Tree Hugger
Tuesday, March 10
1 pm
Maria Mitchell Assoc. Hinchman House
7 Milk St.

Wednesday, March 11

Bird Walk with Ginger Andrews
8 am
Carpool from town parking lot

Wishes From Nantucket Flag Project (Ages 12 and up)
1 pm
Nantucket Atheneum
1 India Street
Status Report on Nantucket Trees with Town Arborist and Tree Committee.
5:30 pm
Nantucket Atheneum
1 India Street

Thursday, March 12

Book Discussion and Richard Powers video
1:30 pm
Saltmarsh Senior Center
Washington Street Ext.
3D Craft Project (for ages 5 – 10)
3 – 4 pm
Nantucket Atheneum
NCF Botanist Kelly Omand offers a Virtual Walk Through Squam Forest
5:30 pm
Whaling Museum
15 Broad Street

EVENT CANCELED “Wood, Sound – The Art of Crafting A Violin.”
Friday, March 13
5:30 pm
Nantucket Community Music Center
56 Center Street
Presentation and brief performance.

Saturday, March 14

EVENT CANCELED Nature Walk With Rachel Freeman
9:45 am
Nantucket Land Bank Reyes Property
231 Polpis Road.
Children’s Plant-Based Cooking Class
10 am
Nantucket Culinary Center
22 Federal St.
(registration required, contact the culinary center).
Nature Field Trip With Peter Brace
10 am
Meet at the Atheneum, 1 India Street.
Register by emailing ackannyecamara@gmail.com.

EVENT CANCELED Finale Celebration: Music, Food and Conversation
Sunday, March 15
2 – 4 pm
Whaling Museum
15 Broad Street