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Michael Chabon
Chabon at a book signing in 2006.
Chabon at a book signing in 2006.
Born (1963-05-24) May 24, 1963 (age 59)
Washington, D.C.
Pen name Leon Chaim Bach, Malachi B. Cohen, August Van Zorn
Occupation Novelist, screenwriter, columnist, short-story writer
Nationality American
Period 1987–present
Notable works The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000), The Yiddish Policemen's Union (2007)
Notable awards 1999 O. Henry Award
2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
2007 Nebula Award for Best Novel
2008 Hugo Award for Best Novel
2008 Sidewise Award for Alternate History
Spouse Lollie Groth
Ayelet Waldman

Michael Chabon is an American author. His first novel was called The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and published in 1988. Chabon was 25 years old. The book made him famous among writers. He has also written genre fiction. Chabon published The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay in 2000. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001.


Early years

Michael Chabon was born in Washington, DC to Robert Chabon, a physician and lawyer, and Sharon Chabon, a lawyer. He knew he wanted to be a writer when he was a child. He studied at Carnegie Mellon University for a year before transferring to the University of Pittsburgh. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree there in 1984. Then Chabon went to graduate school at the University of California, Irvine and earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.

Personal life

In 1987, Chabon married the poet Lollie Groth. They divorced in 1991, and he married the writer Ayelet Waldman in 1993.



  • The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988)
  • Wonder Boys (1995)
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000)
  • The Final Solution (2004)
  • The Yiddish Policemen's Union (2007)
  • Gentlemen of the Road (2007)
  • Telegraph Avenue (2012)

Young-adult fiction

  • Summerland (2002)

Children's books

  • The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man (2011) (illustrator: Jake Parker)

Short story collections

  • A Model World and Other Stories (1991)
  • Werewolves in Their Youth (1999)

Essay collections

  • Maps and Legends (2008)
  • Manhood for Amateurs (October 2009)

As contributor or editor

  • McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales (editor and contributor) (2003)
  • JSA All Stars #7, "The Strange Case of Mr. Terrific and Doctor Nil" (writer) (2004)
  • McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories (editor) (2004)
  • Michael Chabon Presents: The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist (comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics) (2004–2005) (Numbers 1–8; the first six are also collected in three books, two numbers per volume)
  • The Best American Short Stories 2005 (editor, with Katrina Kenison) (2005)
  • The Escapists (six-issue comic book limited series published by Dark Horse Comics) (2006)

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