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David Mitchell in conversation with Michael Chabon – Utopia Avenue (Virtual Event)

July 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT


Book Passage presents David Mitchell in conversation with Michael Chabon, hosted by Tom Barbash
Thursday, July 16, 2020 • 7:00 pm EDT / 4:00 pm PDT • Virtual Event via Extended Session
Ticket: $40 (includes signed copy of Utopia Avenue) – Be among the first 100 people to register and get a special invitation to a “virtual signing line”—meet one-on-one with David, via Zoom—immediately following the conversation!

Utopia Avenue is the strangest British band you’ve never heard of. Emerging from London’s psychedelic scene in 1967, and fronted by folk singer Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean Moss, and guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet, Utopia Avenue embarked on a meteoric journey from the seedy clubs of Soho, a TV debut on Top of the Pops, the cusp of chart success, glory in Amsterdam, prison in Rome, and a fateful American sojourn in the Chelsea Hotel, Laurel Canyon, and San Francisco during the autumn of ’68.

David Mitchell’s kaleidoscopic novel tells the unexpurgated story of Utopia Avenue’s turbulent life and times; of fame’s Faustian pact and stardom’s wobbly ladder; of the families we choose and the ones we don’t; of voices in the head, and the truths and lies they whisper; of music, madness, and idealism. Can we really change the world, or does the world change us?

David Mitchell is the author of the novels Ghostwrittennumber9dreamCloud AtlasBlack Swan GreenThe Thousand Autumns of Jacob de ZoetThe Bone Clocks, and Slade House. Twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, in 2018 he won the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of PittsburghA Model World, Wonder BoysWerewolves in their YouthThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & ClaySummerlandThe Final SolutionThe Yiddish Policemen’s UnionMaps & LegendsGentlemen of the RoadTelegraph AvenueMoonglow, and the picture book The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.

Tom Barbash is the author of the award-winning novel The Last Good Chance, which was was awarded the California Book Award, and the short story collection Stay Up With Me, which was a national bestseller and was nominated for the Folio Prize. His nonfiction book, On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal, was a New York Times bestseller.


July 16, 2020
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
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Book Passage By-the-Bay
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