The October 2020 Literary Award Ceremony at The Sheldon honoring Michael Chabon has been postponed but it will be rescheduled hopefully Spring 2021. In the meantime we will be offering various virtual programming related to the Literary Award. Check the website for updates.
As part of the St. Louis Literary Award series of programs honoring the 2020 award recipient Michael Chabon, the Saint Louis University Campus Read celebrates the twenty-year anniversary of Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. The Campus Read will be in the virtual world this year and is open to anyone in the community who would like to participate. Left Bank Books will also be a sponsor of the Campus Read discussions and is offering a 20% discount for both online and in-store purchases. Stay tuned for additional information about upcoming speakers and programming dates!
Watch the Campus Read Below
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams, and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives, and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink. Chabon and his wife, writer Ayelet Waldman, are also adapting the novel for a limited series that will be shown on Showtime.
Michael Chabon was born in 1963, in Washington, D.C. Michael Chabon’s first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, was originally written for his master’s thesis at U.C. Irvine and became a New York Times bestseller. Chabon’s second novel, Wonder Boys, was also a bestseller, and was made into a critically acclaimed film featuring actors Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire. Michael Chabon believes that three things are required for success as a novelist: talent, luck, and discipline. As he says, “Discipline is the one element of those three things that you can control, and so that is the one that you have to focus on controlling, and you just have to hope and trust in the other two.”
Michael Chabon is the lead writer for Star Trek: Picard. He and his wife, writer Ayelet Waldman, are the writers and executive producers for the Netflix series, Unbelievable as well as the Showtime series of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
Other notable awards for Chabon include: the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, National Book Critics Circle, Hugo, Nebula, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Pen/Faulkner, and National Jewish Book Award among many others in a career spanning more than 30 years.