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The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
In conversation with
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic
Chabon's newest is a hardboiled detective novel set in an alternate world where Israel failed to be born and millions of European Jewish refugees took shelter in Alaska, creating a miniature American Yiddishland.
Co-presented with The Council of the Library Foundation and sponsored by City National Bank with additional support from KPMG LLP.
Michael Chabon received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at U.C. Irvine. His first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, originally written for his master's thesis, became a national bestseller. Chabon's second novel, Wonder Boys, was also a bestseller, and was made into a critically-acclaimed film. His third novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize among other honors.
Chabon is also the author of two collections of short stories, A Model World and Other Stories and Werewolves In Their Youth, as well as a young adult novel, Summerland. He's written numerous articles and essays, as well as a number of screenplays and teleplays. His novella The Final Solution was awarded the 2005 National Jewish Book Award.
Kenneth Turan is film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Morning Edition and director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He is the author of, most recently, Never Coming To A Theater Near You: A Celebration of a Certain Kind of Movie.
Official Website: http://www.lfla.org/aloud/calendar/?month=05&year=2007&day=09
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