Hugo-, Nebula-, and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon was on hand to sign books and read from his latest, TELEGRAPH AVENUE. Before that part of the program, however, I inteviewed Michael for ninety minutes or so about his life, career, books, and views on writing and literature. The Cocteau was packed, our first "sell out" crowd since we stopped giving away free tickets. We had to turn away about twenty people, sad to say (next time, guys and gals, get those tickets in advance). Those who got in were glad they did. Popcorn, pizza, and talk about books, can't beat it.
Michael is a great guy and a great writer, and a delightful conversationalist. We were thrilled to have him. He's on his way to Pittsburgh right now, and will be reading and signing at a B&N tonight, so if you're in the Pittsburgh area, still time to attend. In subsequent days he'll be appearing in Cleveland, St. Louis, and Kansas City as well. Be sure to see him if you get a chance... and snatch up a copy or three of TELEGRAPH AVENUE, KAVALIER & CLAY, GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD, or one of his other titles.
Oh, and I also wanted to mention Michael's limited edition Brokeland t-shirts. You can snag one of them here:
All the money raised by the t-shirt sales is going to 826 National and their youth literacy programs (http://826national.org/ ) and the McDowell Colony and their writers' retreats (http://www.macdowellcolony.org/ ), both worthy causes.