Michael Chabon is an astounding fiction writer, a true master of the form. Whether he's describing the politics of academia (Wonder Boys) or spinning yarns about comic-book artists (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay), Chabon writes with an acuity that far outshines many of his 21st-century peers. His most recent novel, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, takes a classic hard-boiled detective story and plunks it down in a most unusual place: a dystopic Jewish settlement in Alaska. Once again, Chabon effortlessly blends humor with poignancy — and creates that rare literary novel that is also a page-turner. Hear Chabon discuss The Yiddish Policemen's Union for free tonight at 7 p.m., when the Pulitzer Prize-winning author appears at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac). Call 314-994-3300 or visit www.slcl.org for more information.
Sat., May 3, 2008