A couple of weeks ago, I was determined to see Michael Chabon during the New York leg of his book tour for Manhood for Amateurs. (As you can see here and here, I'm a huge fan of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.) So it wasn't a big deal for me to hop on the 2/3 and make the hour-long trek into the deep reaches of Brooklyn. Chabon gave a wonderful talk on non-fiction writing, reading a few essays from Manhood for Amateurs, which manages to be insightful, wonderfully written, and truly poignant. He took questions from the audience at the tail-end of the event, and even mentioned an idea he has for a book based on the life of Queen's Freddie Mercury. (Fingers crossed!)
The talk is part of a Brooklyn Public Library series curated by editor Matt Weiland on the Art of Non-Fiction. The next event, this Thursday night, features Padgett Powell, author of The Interrogative Mood. For more info on the series, click here. And while you're at it, be sure to browse inside Manhood for Amateurs. You can also read one of the essays here courtesy of the New York Review of Books.