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April 28, 2008

Pulitzer winner Michael Chabon reads May 4 in the Englert Theatre

Author Michael Chabon, who won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for the novel "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," will present a reading at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Web site at

The event will also be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910. Hour-long Iowa Public Radio "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City and WOI-AM 640 in Ames.

Chabon is on tour supporting the paperback release of "The Yiddish Policeman's Union," which was released in hardback last year to enthusiastic reviews.

Chabon's first novel, "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh," written as his thesis at the University of California at Irvine, catapulted him to literary celebrity at the age of 25. A novel and two short-story collections followed before his Pulitzer Prize winner.

"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" was selected as a Notable Book of 2000 by the American Library Association and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It went on to win the New York Society Library Prize for Fiction, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal.

His serialized novel, "Gentlemen of the Road," also appeared in book form in the fall of last year.

But as successful as Chabon has been with "serious" fiction, he is also well known for his genre, film and comic-book projects. "Kavalier & Clay" led to three graphic-novel spin-offs, "Michael Chabon Presents . . . The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist," the third of which includes writing by UI Writers' Workshop alumnus and former faculty member Chris Offutt. He contributed to the screenplay of "Spiderman 2."

Chabon has also written articles and essays, and was the editor for "Best American Short Stories 2005" and "McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales."

His story "Son of the Wolfman" was chosen for the 1999 O. Henry Prize collection and for a National Magazine Award. Chabon's novella "The Final Solution" (2004) was awarded the 2005 National Jewish Book Award and the 2003 Aga Khan Prize for Fiction from the Paris Review.

Chabon was an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the UI in 2006, through the English Department and the International Writing Program.

The Writers' Workshop and the English Department are academic units of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jan Weissmuller, Prairie Lights,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),