Sunday, December 30, 2007

New Chabon Nonfiction book due this spring - TAWOK&C

The Amazing Website of Kavalier & Clay - News: "Michael Chabon's first non-fiction book, Maps and Legends, will hit stores this spring.

Published by McSweeney's, the 200-page book features a collection of previously published essays Chabon authored, including the book's namesake.

Here's the synopsis:

'Michael Chabon's sparkling first book of nonfiction is a love song in 16 parts: a series of linked essays in praise of reading and writing, with subjects ranging from ghost stories to comic books, from Sherlock Holmes to Cormac McCarthy. Throughout, Chabon energetically argues for a return to the thrilling, chilling origins of storytelling, rejecting the false walls around 'serious' literature in favor of a wide-ranging affection. His own fiction, meanwhile, is explored from the perspective of personal history: post-collegiate desperation sparks his debut, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh; procrastination and doubt reveal the way toward Wonder Boys; a basement golem and a love of comics combine to create the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay; and an enigmatic Yiddish phrasebook unfurls into The Yiddish Policeman's Union.'"


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