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Past EventsTuesday, January 17

Michael Chabon: Moonglow

Michael Chabon
Chair: Alex Clark

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon’s new book is a literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure – and the forces that work to destroy us. From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York’s Wallkill Prison, from the heyday of the space programme to the twilight of 'the American Century,' Moonglow collapses an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week. A lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional non-fiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most daring, his most moving, his most Chabonesque. Michael Chabon's interviewer is Alex Clark.

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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 & Clay, Summerland, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, Telegraph Avenue, and the picture book The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.

He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

 

Alex Clark is a literary journalist and broadcaster who writes for the Guardian and the Observer. The new Director of Bath Literature Festival, she makes regular appearances on Radio 4, chairs numerous literary events, and is an experienced judge of literary awards. 

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