Often cited as one of the best novelists of his generation, whatever the hell that means, Chabon certainly deserves the abundant attention he receives whenever he publishes something new. The Pulitzer Prize winner, author of “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh,” “Wonder Boys,” “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” and “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” visits Chicago to discuss his bulk of work, including his newest entry, “Manhood for Amateurs,” a collection of essays that dissect the essence of being a man—a husband, a father, a son and so on. Chabon’s excellence in invention and colorful character have filled hugely successful novels—this gathering of insights, easily the most personal the popular author has ever been, pulls the curtain aside. While Chabon’s mean streak of fictional work leaves this fan aching for a new edition, this honest assemblage will do just fine for now. (Tom Lynch)
Michael Chabon discusses his work October 21 at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, (312)747-4300, at 6pm.