There is no doubt Michael Chabon draws a crowd.
In Monday night’s conversation with San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll, Chabon attracted more than 400 people to the Thrust Theater at Berkeley Rep. (Of course, Carroll has his own large following.) Carroll has interviewed a number of notable authors as part of a benefit series for Park Day School in Oakland –Anne Lamott, Leah Garchik, Michael Pollan – and Chabon probably was the most popular.
It was a broad and amusing discussion about truth and lying, the state of childhood today, and other topics. Here are some tidbits I gleaned from the evening:
Chabon, who has three children at
The film version of the Mysteries of Pittsburgh has finally found a distributor and it should be on movie screens in the near future.
In contrast, the film version of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is not going anywhere.
Chabon didn’t talk about The Yiddish Policemen’s
He was greatly influence by the 70s progressive rock bank “Yes.”
Ayelet Waldman, Chabon’s wife, was also at the benefit with her own news:
She and Michael raised $1.4 million for Barack Obama. When she was first approached to raise funds she thought she would be lucky to raise $25,000.
The couple will be attending Obama’s swearing in ceremony.
Shooting has just wrapped up on the film version of Waldman’s novel, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. It starts Natalie Portman, Lisa Kudrow, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who played Denny in Grey’s Anatomy. The director is Don Roos, who also directed The Opposite of Sex. Waldman said the film should be released in about six months.