Berkeley novelist Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay, has a new book out today. Telegraph Avenue, which he discussed on KQED Public Radio’s Forum show (archive here later),  is set “in a neighborhood that straddles Berkeley and Oakland,” as Glen Weldon’s NPR review notes. First paragraph of the review:

Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue is an agreeable if ultimately frustrating shaggy-dog tale of a novel that slips its leash and lopes its discursive and distinctly unhurried way through the unkempt backyards of its characters’ lives. There is much here to recommend, but then, there is much here, period, including but not limited to: blackmail, infidelity, first love, kung fu, midwifery, a Barack Obama cameo and an enormously phallic black zeppelin, all presented in a manner as loose and tension-free as a stoner’s wee-hours disquisition on why his favorite album totally rules, man…

You can read whole chunks of the novel on Google Books. Hit the forward arrow button on the tool bar to keep reading.

More reviews:

Here’s Chabon discussing the 10-year process of conceiving and writing the book…

 

Also, Oakland’s Diesel Bookstore is hosting a party on Wednesday at which it will transform itself into “Brokeland Records,” the fictional used record store that provides one of the settings for the novel.

 

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Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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