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We’ll talk with author Michael Chabon about America now and his hot new book, Telegraph Avenue.

Author Michael Chabon. (AP)
Author Michael Chabon. (AP)

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon goes for obsession in his work.  With comic books and the dark heart of the 21st century in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.  With alternate history and a murder in Alaska in The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.

With soul jazz, vinyl records, and a couple of buddies just trying to make it in the new economy in his latest, Telegraph Avenue.  He’s a beautiful, joyful writer with a big take on the world and the human heart.

This hour, On Point:  celebrated novelist Michael Chabon, on America and our lives now.
-Tom Ashbrook

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Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the new book Telegraph Avenue: A Novel.

From Tom's Reading List

Daily Beast "Michael Chabon is a poet of fandom. His characters worship at culture’s niches, such as the comic-books-obsessed duo Joe and Sam who star in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Other times Chabon’s own love for a genre animates his work; The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is in part an ode to Raymond Chandler."

New York Times "The title of Michael Chabon’s pungent new novel, “Telegraph Avenue,” refers, of course, to the famous Telegraph Avenue that bridges Berkeley and Oakland, Calif., that frisky, clamorous thoroughfare so identified, since the 1960s, with the counterculture and community life."

USA Today "Leaving the distant past, alternate histories and fantasy behind, Chabon brings us a moving, sprawling, modern-day tale that uses the improvisational shifts and rhythms of jazz and soul to tell the story of two couples, one black, one white, and the distressed, interracial community they call home."

Excerpt: Telegraph Avenue

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Funky Soul (Part 1) by David Batiste & The Gladiators

Walk With Me My Love & Dream by John Klemmer

This program aired on September 13, 2012.

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