The 2012/2013 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents an evening with Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon. Chabon will give a reading from his new novel Telegraph Avenue, followed by an on-stage interview conducted by Houston writer and UH Creative Writing Program faculty member Mat Johnson, and a booksale and signing, at which audience members can meet the author.
Chabon, described as an "immensely gifted writer and magical prose stylist" by Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times, received the Pulitzer Prize for his third novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. His other major novels include The Yiddish Policeman's Union, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, and Wonder Boys, which was made into a critically acclaimed film featuring Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire.
He comes to Houston to share his new novel Telegraph Avenue. The Boston Globe calls the book "astounding... steamroll[ing] the barrier that has kept the Great American Novel at odds with the country it's supposed to reflect.... [A] huge-hearted, funny, improbably hip book," and Sam Sacks in The Wall Street Journal describes it as "fresh, unpretentious, delectably written.... For all his explorations into the contentious dynamics of family, race and community, Mr. Chabon's first desire is simply to enchant with words. Eight novels in, he still uses language like someone amazed by a newly discovered superpower."
Chabon is also the author of two story collections, A Model World and Other Stories and Werewolves in Their Youth; the young adult novel Summerland; and two essay collections, Maps & Legends and Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures & Regrets of a Husband, Father & Son. His novella The Final Solution was awarded the National Jewish Book Award and the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction by The Paris Review. Chabon's first children's book, The Astonishing Secret of an Awesome Man, was published in 2011.