Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Telegraph Avenue Readalong, Oh My!

I am thrilled and delighted to be participating in a pre-publication readalong captained by Emily of As the Crowe Reads of Michael Chabon's new novel Telegraph Avenue! The book comes on on September 11, 2012, but thanks to Emily and HarperCollins we not only get to read it early but we are sanctioned to blog about it early!

Emily is a superstar bookseller at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Mass., and she put this together with cooperation from Chabon and his editor as well as the great folks at HarperCollins. If you're not reading Emily's blog, do it!

So, I chose to participate in this readalong because I've never read Michael Chabon's books before and I thought this would be a great opportunity to check him out and have a fun community activity. I know some of the participating bloggers but not all, and I think Emily is just amazing. I collected a few of Chabon's books when I was in the synagogue library biz but somehow never got around to actually reading them, this despite the universal praise and fandom he's garnered. So there! That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Now I'm gonna go check out Chabon's!

I'll be back with readalong posts each Tuesday in July.

You can buy the book online from Powells.com:

Telegraph Avenue
by Michael Chabon
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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I can't wait for this book! I think Chabon is one of the most brilliant authors alive today. Did you read his recent article on Finnegan's Wake in The New York Review of Books? He is just so good! I don't have the ARC but I have the book on my wishlist for when it finally appears!

Brooks said...

Yay, another great blogger participating in the read-along! I hope you like Telegraph Avenue and that it leads you to Kavalier & Clay, because that book was so incredibly awesome.

Audra said...

I too have never read him, shockingly, and I'm really jazzed to start this one -- it's going to the beach with me tomorrow!

Kathleen said...

I'm very interested to hear about this one and to know if the Telegraph Avenue is in reference to the street in Berkeley, California.

Zibilee said...

Glad you are participating! The book sounds like fun, and I will be eager to see what you all think about it. I hope that you have great success with your readalong!

Anonymous said...

Nice to see you in on this one too! I've only read Kavalier & Clay, but I loved that one, so am excited for Telegraph Avenue.

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

Awww, you just made me blush a little bit.

I can't wait for us to all start discussing the book, but it's been several weeks since I read Part I, so now I need to refresh my memory so that I don't sound like an idiot!

Also, synogogue library biz? I don't know this tidbit but I look forward to finding out more.

bookspersonally said...

I'm so curious about this book & look forward to hearing more about it through your readalong - what a very cool idea. (Also very cool to know the Odyssey Bookshop is still there! will have to check out the blog.)