1. Choose a writer you like.
2. Using resources such as Wikipedia, the author’s website, whatever you can find, make a list of interesting facts about the author.
3. Post your fun facts list in your blog, maybe with a photo of the writer, a collage of his or her books, whatever you want.
4. Come (back to the main WG post on Dewey’s blog) to sign the Mr Linky with the URL to your fun facts post.
5. As you run into (or deliberately seek out) other Weekly Geeks’ lists, add links to your post for authors you like or authors you think your readers are interested in.
Ever since I read his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, almost twenty years ago, Michael Chabon has had a secure place near the top of my “favorite authors” list. However, his website doesn’t get nearly as high marks from me, so my facts come from his Wikipedia page (any opinions interjected are strictly my own, though).
- The author was born on May 24, 1963 (a Gemini) in Washington DC, and grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and Columbia, MD. He also attended college in Pittsburgh.
- His sympathetic portrayals of gay and sexually-confused young adults in The Mysteries of Pittsburgh earned him a mention in a late-1980’s Newsweek article about up-and-coming gay writers. It was a case of mistaken identity. Chabon was married to his first wife, poet Lollie Groth, at the time. He has been married to fellow writer Ayelet Waldman since 1993, and they have four children.
- Chabon’s second novel, Wonder Boys (my personal favorite), was inspired by his struggles with his first second novel. (Read the Wikipedia entry and that will make sense, I promise.)
- The inspiration for his Pulitzer-Prize winning third novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, was an old box of comic books. This marked his first public steps in a new literary direction.
- For two years, Chabon produced The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist for Dark Horse Comics, a quarterly anthology based on the comic-book character created by Kavalier and Clay in their Adventures.
- Chabon’s post-Pulitzer writing has focused on merging literary and genre fiction. His most recent novel, 2007’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, a “hardboiled detective story that imagines an alternate history in which Israel collapsed in 1948 and European Jews settled in Alaska,” won the Hugo and Nebula awards (for science fiction) and the Sidewise Award for Alternate History.
- Chabon maintains a strict work schedule: 10 AM-3 PM, Sunday-Thursday (observing the Jewish Sabbath from Friday to Saturday evening), with a goal of writing 1000 words per day.
- While he didn’t work on the screenplay for the well-received 2000 movie adaptation of Wonder Boys (one of my favorite book-to-movie pleasant surprises), about one-third of his screenplay draft for Spider-Man 2 was used in the final film.
Check out the Mr Linky on the main WG post and see if anyone has posted fun facts about any of your favorite authors! I found some for members of my family:
>> Ali at Worducopia‘s Weekly Geeks fun facts were all about one of my husband’s top favorites, Christopher Moore – this link is to his (irregularly updated) blog. (ALERT: Fool will be published on February 10, 2009!)
>> The Bookworm‘s WG post is about my stepdaughter’s favorite writer, Dean Koontz.
Do you know a fun fact about one of your favorite authors to share in the comments? Then please do so!