Central Oklahoma book lovers will have three opportunities to meet Pulitzer-Prize winning author Michael Chabon. Pioneer Library System (PLS) and PLS Foundation will host the celebrated novelist at a private reception and two public presentations. Chabon’s visit is in conjunction with The Big Read, a community-wide effort to encourage reading.
Chabon will present two free public lectures on Thursday, March 26. At 10 am he will speak at Oklahoma Baptist University in the Geiger Center auditorium, 500 W. University St., Shawnee. Then, at 7 pm he will speak at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman. Chabon will take questions and sign books at both events.
Chabon’s bestsellers include The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001,and Wonder Boys which became a critically acclaimed film starring Michael Douglas and Tobey McGuire. Chabon is also the author of two collections of short stories, a young adult novel, and numerous articles, essays and screenplays, including the 2012 film John Carter.
The novelist is coming to kick-off The Big Read, the award-winning PLS annual celebration of reading. For the 2015 one-book-one community event, library staff and patrons are exploring Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea. First published in 1968, Earthsea is arguably the most widely admired American fantasy novel of the past 50 years. The book's elegant diction, geographical sweep and mounting suspense are quite irresistible.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Other sponsors of Pioneer Library System’s The Big Read are Norman Arts Council, Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, and the Oklahoma Humanities Council.