Michael Chabon

Recorded at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.

Michael Chabon grew up in the 1960s during the heyday of pop art and in a home with a father who was as passionate about high art as he was low art. This had a strong influence on Chabon, whose childhood explorations of both comic book tropes and classical myths have informed his ambitious novels. His latest novel Telegraph Avenue is set against the background of the Oakland-Berkley border and examines cultural nostalgia, fatherhood, and friendship in a late capitalist America, but not yet a ‘post-racial’ America. In this sprawling conversation with Festival Director Hal Wake, Chabon discusses black culture, issues of cultural appropriation, and the habits of his creative process.

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Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, Werewolves in Their Youth, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Summerland (a novel for children), The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Maps and Legends, and Gentlemen of the Road. His most recent novel is Telegraph Avenue. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.