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ONE BAY ONE BOOK: Michael Chabon in Conversation

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Reception follows. RSVP to amuchin@jewishlearningworks.org or 415.567.3327 x 703.

Award-winning author Michael Chabon will discuss his new novel, Moonglow, with local writer Dan Schifrin. Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of the narrator’s grandfather, whose tongue has been loosened by painkillers and whose memory has been by stirred by the imminence of death. From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the American invasion of Germany to the heyday of the space program, the novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. A work of fictional autobiography, Moonglow, above all, is about the destructive impact and the creative power of keeping secrets and telling lies.

Moonglow approaches truth from a perspective not necessarily based on facts. As Chabon writes in the author’s note, “I have stuck to facts except when facts refused to conform with memory, narrative purpose, or the truth as I prefer to understand it.” 

Michael Chabon, 53, is short story writer and screenwriter in addition being a novelist. His first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, was published when he was 25. His third novel,  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001. His other books include Wonder Boys, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, and Telegraph Avenue.

Daniel Schifrin’s fiction and essays have appeared, among other places, in McSweeney’s, the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Westwind, Jet Fuel Review, Sequestrum, Transfer, and em. He is the winner of the 2016 Wilner Award for Short Fiction from San Francisco State University, and has a been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, writer-in-residence at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and a co-curator for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibition “Beyond Belief.”