In the September 2007 issue of Details magazine, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon tells a story about his best friend trying to set him up on a blind date. Chabons friend explained, I told her I knew a Jewish guy who would give her head. The her would eventually become Chabons wife. That story is, presumably, non-fiction, but Chabon turned to fiction for his newest novel, the acclaimed The Yiddish Policemens Union. The book is set in an alternate-universe version of Sitka, Alaska, where millions of European Jews settled after WWII.
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Chabon will read from The Yiddish Policemens Union today as part of Inprints Brown Reading Series. Inprints executive director Rich Levy describes Chabons hard-boiled detective novel as Chandler-esque, with a thick impasto of Yiddish slang on top of it all, and its funny; its based on this wild leap of imagination, and it works. If you think you know Chabons name, you probably do. He previously wrote Wonder Boys (which was later made into a movie), and he wrote about a third of the screenplay for Spider-Man 2. And then there was that Pulitzer. A book sale and signing will follow the reading.
Mon., Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.