Last night, I was blessed enough to attend a reading and talk by Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and local artist. He may be best known for his novel Wonder Boys, which was adapted into a motion picture starring Michael Douglas.
Chabon read from his most recent work, Telegraph Avenue, which revives the vintage Telegraph Avenue, when the local record shop was the meeting-place for people from all walks of life in Oakland and Berkeley. He writes about the interwoven cultures of Oakland, Berkeley, Black, White, rich and poor.
In the clip above he finishes reading a passage detailing a difficult engagement between a black female nurse, Gwen, and a white male doctor, Lazar. He then answers questions about his method of writing and inspiration.
For the inspired, here is another clip of his reading.