Texta Book Club: Bewilderment by Richard Powers

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021.

In-person event Tuesday 12 July: Register now

To coincide with the Ken + Julia Yonetani exhibition at QUT Art Museum, we will be discussing Bewilderment by Pulitzer prize-winning author Richard Powers.

Theo Byrne is a promising young astrobiologist who has found a way to search for life on other planets dozens of light years away. He is also the widowed father of a most unusual nine-year-old. His son Robin is funny, loving, and filled with plans. He thinks and feels deeply, adores animals, and can spend hours painting elaborate pictures. He is also on the verge of being expelled from third grade, for smashing his friend's face with a metal thermos.

What can a father do, when the only solution offered to his rare and troubled boy is to put him on psychoactive drugs? What can he say when his boy comes to him wanting an explanation for a world that is clearly in love with its own destruction? The only thing for it is to take the boy to other planets, while all the while fostering his son's desperate campaign to help save this one.

The evening commences with a tour of the Ken + Julia Yonetani exhibition followed by a beverage of your choice and conversations about Bewilderment.

About Texta

Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by QUT Art Museum’s Engagement Officer, Renae Belton, and the University Librarian, Nicole Clark.

Texta is held throughout the year on Tuesday evenings. Purchase this title as an audiobook from Audible or from the Bookshop at QUT Depot.

For any queries, contact QUT Art Museum on 07 3138 5370 or artmuseum@qut.edu.au

Register to let us know you're coming and please read our COVID Safe guidelines before attending. If you are unwell, please cancel your booking.


QUT Art Museum


12 July 2022






Bookings essential, register via Eventbrite for the in-person event on 12 July.