Michael Chabon is one of those genuinely wonderful writers that makes it difficult to say, "Start with this book." Of course, "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" — Chabon's 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set during the Golden Age of comic books — is a high recommendation, for good reason. But then there's his engrossing noir mystery "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" (my introduction to the writer and a personal favorite), or his bestselling debut, "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh," a more realistic, coming-of-age story. Or there's his latest, 2016's "Moonglow," a creatively told memoir of his grandfather. Chabon's work has been deservedly praised for the writer's style and his touching exploration of Jewish identity, sexuality, and family ties.
Chabon will be in Rochester for the opening night of the Jewish Book Festival, in discussion with Writers & Books Executive Director Kyle Semmel, on Sunday, November 5, at the JCC Hart Theater, 1200 Edgewood Avenue. 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 general; $18 JCC members; and $5 students. The JCC Lane Dworkin Jewish Book Festival continues through Sunday, November 19. For more information, visit rjbf.org.