... at 7:30 on September 10. Michael Chabon, author of The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, is reading at the Alley Theatre, opening this season’s Imprint Brown series. As of this morning, I’m 73rd in line in the hold queue for the book at the library, so I may have to break down and actually buy a copy if I want to read it by then. There are some other great authors in the season’s schedule, including Dave Eggers (of McSweeney’s) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (author of Half of a Yellow Sun, 2007 Tournament of Books Semifinalist) on a single night (Feb. 17).
In 2005, I went and saw Johnathan Franzen read and be interviewed by my writing workshop teacher, Justin Cronin, in a similar event. The highlight of my evening was when Franzen read from an essay then in progress (now published) ranting about the stupidity of the signs in hotel rooms that implore you not to use too many towels lest you destroy the planet. I had just written a column for the Thresher saying just that, so I got to give myself a good pat on the back because I had the same thoughts as Mr. Big Shot Author.