Saturday, September 22, 2012

Another Fantastic Literary Event

Just me and Mr. Chabon

The Twin Cities metro area is known for having many literary events. We are a hub for awesome literary greatness! One of my favorite events to attend is our Talk of the Stacks, a library event that hosts wonderful authors throughout the year.

Last night I got the chance to see Michael Chabon, author of the new Telegraph Avenue. He was magnificent. Charming, smart and honestly, just a tad bit sexy. My friend Rachelle and I were smitten.

As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there—longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, two semi-legendary midwives who have welcomed more than a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart—half tavern, half temple—stands Brokeland.

When ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth-richest black man in America, announces plans to build his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise. Meanwhile, Aviva and Gwen also find themselves caught up in a battle for their professional existence, one that tests the limits of their friendship. Adding another layer of complication to the couples' already tangled lives is the surprise appearance of Titus Joyner, the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged and the love of fifteen-year-old Julius Jaffe's life.

An intimate epic, a NorCal Middlemarch set to the funky beat of classic vinyl soul-jazz and pulsing with a virtuosic, pyrotechnical style all its own,Telegraph Avenue is the great American novel we've been waiting for. Generous, imaginative, funny, moving, thrilling, humane, triumphant, it is Michael Chabon's most dazzling book yet (Goodreads)

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Tales of Whimsy said...

O yay! I'm envious :) You must be a well read town.

Anonymous said...

I'm just over the moon jealous of your life. I did a pre-pub read of Telegraph Avenue. It would have been so great to visit with Mr. Chabon. I really have to get a schedule and figure out how to cross the Great and Mighty Mississippi.

Mystica said...

Nice to see how much you have enjoyed yourself!

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Lucky you! He is a handsome one, isn't he. You know, I have quite a few of his books. I really need to read them. ;O)

Lisa said...

Oh hell, now I am sooooo jealous! "Just a tad sexy?" I positively drool every time I come across a picture of that man!

Gina said... guys are totally lucky on the signings! We usually only get the political folks...yay for fans of that genre, but meh for me. :/

Amber Stults said...

You're so lucky!He'll be here in November as part of a library fundraising event but the tickets are $100 which isn't in my budget at this time.