Have you and reading had a breakup? After cramming for orgo and reveling at Monty’s, many students have no interest in relaxing with well-crafted literature. After being force-fed James Joyce, Joyce Carol Oates and William Shakespeare in high school, many students that still like to read prefer James Patterson and Stephenie Meyer.
For those willing to give the written word a second shot, try Michael Chabon. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay does something many of his colleagues don’t: incorporate the elements of plot and excitement into his stories. Inspired by comics and pulp fiction from days gone by, his genre-based fiction runs the gamut from “Highwaymen in the Holy Land” (a condensed summary of his book Gentlemen of the Road) to the struggle to complete a sophomore novel, all the while incorporating a distinctly Jewish vibe.
The latest stop on his junket tour brings him to Books and Books in Coral Gables Friday night. He’ll be signing his latest, Manhood for Amateurs, as well as giving a reading. There is a ticketed, VIP-type event prior, but the free public event starts at 8 p.m. Be sure to get there early, though, because it will likely be hard to find a seat.
Who: Pulitzer Prize winning writer Michael Chabon
What: Book signing and talk
Where: Books and Books, Coral Gables
265 Aragon Avenue
When: Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.