Monday, November 4, 8pm
and Charlotte Russes
Michael Chabon discussed The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and
Clay in Alma Thomas Theater. Reception and book signing followed
in Caldwell-Carvey Foyer.
Michael Chabon was born in
1963, in Washington, D.C. and was raised mostly in Columbia, an attempted
utopia in the Maryland suburbs. He studied at the University of Pittsburgh,
and received an MFA in Creative Writing at UC Irvine. His first novel,
a bestseller, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988) was originally
written as his masters thesis. Michael has spent most of the past
fifteen years in California, with brief sojourns in Washington State,
Florida, and New York State. Since 1997 he has been living with his wife,
Ayelet Waldman, also a novelist, and their children, in Berkeley.
Random House published his third novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier
and Clay, in September 2000. It followed The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
and Wonder Boys(1995), as well as two collections of short stories,
A Model World and Other Stories (1988) and Werewolves in their
Youth (1999). He has also written articles and essays, and a number
of screenplays and teleplays. His story Son of the Wolfman
was chosen for the 1999 O. Henry collection.
The Amazing Adventures of
Kavalier and Clay won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It also
was selected by the American Library Association as one of the Notable
Books of 2000 and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle
Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
It won the New York Society Library Prize for Fiction, the Bay Area Book
Reviewers Award, and the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal.
Michael has lectured widely
on topics including the art and craft of writing, the tradition of Jewish
fiction, childrens literature, and Vladimir Nabokov, to name a few.
He has appeared before audiences all over the United States and in Russia,
Finland, the Ukraine, Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany and Canada.
He has spoken to the creative teams at Pixar Animation Studios about fantasy
and childhood, to the employees of Industrial Light and Magic about the
art of storytelling, and to many different literary, Jewish, and corporate
organizations about a wide variety of topics.
He is currently working on
a screen adaptation of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
for a film to be produced by Scott Rudin. His first young adult novel,
Summerland, was recently published by Talk Miramax Books. Summerland
has already received laudatory reviews and film rights to the book have
already been optioned.
To find reviews of Michael Chabon's books, go to our
Book Reviews guide.
To find additional articles or short stories by Michael Chabon or articles
about him, search for his name in
Article First and Academic
Search Complete. Interviews and other material can be found by using
by Michael Chabon
Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000)
Werewolves in Their Youth: Stories (1999)
of Pittsburgh (1988)
A Model World
and Other Stories (1988)
Short Stories by Michael Chabon
Frontage Road." New Yorker, November 19, 2001, Vol. 77 Issue
of Dark Laughter." New Yorker, April 2, 2001, Vol. 77 Issue
Club." New Yorker, July 19, 1999, Vol. 75 Issue 19, p78.
Select Articles by Michael Chabon
on My Shoulder." Vogue, Oct. 1997, 379-81.
the Cards." New York Times Magazine, July 21, 1991. Vol. 140
Issue 4866, p10.
of Lost History." Harper's Magazine, Oct. 1997, Vol. 295 Issue
Legends." Architectural Digest, April 2001, Vol. 58 Issue
Select Articles About Michael Chabon
"The Amazing Story of the Comic-Book Nerd who Won the Pulitzer Prize
for Fiction." Rolling Stone, Sept. 27, 2001 Issue 878, p58.
"Michael Chabon: Comics Came First." The New York Times Book
Review, Sept. 24, 2000, p9.
"The Short Fiction of Michael Chabon: Nostalgia in the Very Young."
Studies in Short Fiction, 32(1), Winter 1995, p75.
"Natural Wonder." People, June 26, 1995, p63-4.
Nickell, K. "WD
Interview: Michael Chabon." The Writer's Digest, Apr. 2002:
Examine Their Bouts with Illness; Michael Chabon gets the Third-Book Blues."
Time, 145, no. 15, (April 10, 1995): p83.
for Fiction 2001
Association Notable Books of 2000
New York Society
Library Prize for Fiction
Bay Area Book
Club Gold Medal
the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award and the
Los Angeles Times Book Prize
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Less-Than-Superheroes: a Talk With the Amazing Chabon. An October
2000 interview about The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay,
by Ellen Kanner from BookPage: America's Book Review.
Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air" May 1, 2001, two weeks
after winning the Pulitzer Prize for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier
and Clay. Includes Chabon reading from the novel.
Commonwealth Club of California Archive--Michael Chabon
In this interview, Chabon discusses Kavalier and Clay, golems,
comics and World War II, the Wonder Boys film, and more. October
2001 interview by Barbara Lane, Director of the California Book Awards.
A Word Game
A vocabulary game to play with one player or in teams. Vocabulary based
on Chabon's challenging word choices ("kolnischwasser," "plimsoll," "psittacocis,"
etc.) in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Chabon is
quoted in an April 2002 Entertainment Weekly article saying, "I
was trying to challenge the reader. I figured some people would try to
figure them out, and others would just skip over them."
Wonder Boys (Movie and Novel)
Boys: The Movie
Yahoo! Movies site includes synopses of the film and excerpts from critical
"Things Have Changed," an original song written and performed
by Bob Dylan for "Wonder Boys" was nominated for two Grammy Awards:
Best Song Written for Motion Picture and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
The song also won "Best Original Song" at the 73rd annual Academy
Awards. The Broadcast Film Critics named "Wonder Boys" one of
the Top Ten Films of 2000 and nominated the movie for Best Picture of the
Year. The same group awarded Frances McDormand Best Supporting Actress and
named Steve Kloves' script Best Screenplay Adaptation.
Chabon's own website, subtitled "Underpinnings, Recurring Subjects,
Passing Fancies. And a Smattering of Random Reading Material."
The site includes essays, autobiographical sketches, links to published
pieces on the web, brief historical tidbits about comic book history and
-Note- This site was last updated April 2006. The original site is now inactive.
on Salon.com by Laura Miller. In this new interview, Michael Chabon
talks about his new novel Summerland as well as Kavalier and
Clay. Site includes audio links in MP3 and streaming audio formats.
Interview on Powells.com
by Dave Weich. Touches on Kavalier and Clay and other topics.
Prior to Mr. Chabon's visit
to Southwestern, the library sponsored two informal discussions centering
on two of Mr. Chabon's novels:
Faculty Forum Literary discussion of Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize
winning novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Discussion
leaders: Daniel Castro, Eileen Cleere, Eric Selbin and Kim Smith.
Viewing and discussion of Wonder Boys Film adapted from Michael
Chabons novel. Discussion leaders: David Gaines, Elizabeth Green
Musselman, Christine Kiesinger and Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton.
Alcove, first floor: Display of Chabon's novels and short story
Services area, first floor: A tangentially-related display called
For more information,
contact Dana Hendrix at (512) 863-1241
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