A third of my Holy Trinity of favourite contemporary authors (rounded out by Lethem and Eggers,) the mighty Michael Chabon has not only just released Telegraph Avenue, arguably the most anticipated book of the year, but he’ll be making a ridiculously-rare Vancouver appearance on September 26th (tickets here.)
Winning the Pulitzer for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay in 2001, narrowly beating his pal Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, the guy can make a simple sentence into its own mini-novel and rocks out rich, layered stories that often read cinematically.
In fact, with both his cinematic writing skill (The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is becoming, oh-so-appropriately, a Coen Brothers film,) and his fondness for superheroes — he’d been tapped to pen Spider-Man 2, only to have his role reduced (although Eggers’ McSweeney’s did publish his complete version in pdf form, a small nugget of which is still online.)
I am SO STOKED to see him later this month! He’ll have plenty to talk about.
Oh, and incidentally, it’s pronounced “SHAY-bon.” I spent many years callin’ the guy Michael “sha-BONE!”