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Michael Chabon, Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes acclaimed and best-selling author Michael Chabon back to the store for a reading and signing of his new collection of essays, Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces

For the September 2016 issue of GQ, Michael Chabon wrote a piece about accompanying his son Abraham Chabon, then thirteen, to Paris Men's Fashion Week. Possessed with a precocious sense of style, Abe was in his element chatting with designers he idolized and turning a critical eye to the freshest runway looks of the season; Chabon Sr. sat idly by, staving off yawns and fighting the impulse that the whole thing was a massive waste of time. Despite his own indifference, however, what gradually emerged as Chabon ferried his son to and from fashion shows was a deep respect for his son's passion. The piece quickly became a viral sensation. With the GQ story as its centerpiece, and featuring six additional essays plus an introduction, Pops illuminates the meaning, magic, and mysteries of fatherhood as only Michael Chabon can.

"Chabon brings together a deeply affecting collection of essays that scrutinize and celebrate the complexities of relationships between fathers and their children. Selections range from the quietly heartbreaking, as when Chabon describes the inadvertent hurt a father can impart on a child, to the hilarious, as he describes his son taking his idiosyncratic sense of style into the 'heteronormative jaws of seventh grade.' Avoiding an overly sentimental tone or rose-colored perspective, Chabon doesn't shy away from reflecting on parental failures as well as successes. Chabon is a gifted essayist whose narratives lead to unexpected and resonant conclusions. His work here packs an outsized emotional punch that will stick with readers significantly longer than it takes them to read this slim volume." —Publishers Weekly

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Moonglow and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, among many others. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz with open seating. Chairs for open seating are usually set up an hour before the event begins. The signing line portion of this event will be prioritized by signing line vouchers, distributed to those who purchase a copy of Pops from Bookshop. You can preorder your copy of Pops (to be published on May 15th) with your priority signing line voucher below.