Few writers have more street cred on the question of the direction of American storytelling than Michael Chabon. It’s a frequent subject — of speeches and even whole books — for the man who crashed the literary scene with The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys and blew away readers and critics alike with his sprawling epic The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Hear from Chabon at 7:30 tonight in the ballroom of the Kansas Union (1301 Jayhawk Boulevard, on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence) when he presents his lecture “Conquering the Wilderness: Imaginative Imperialism and the Invasion of Legoland.” Given his diverse interests, expect a range of subjects that might move beyond the state of American fiction to cover the upcoming election. You can also catch a conversation with Chabon at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Hall Center for the Humanities (900 Sunnyside Avenue in Lawrence). Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, see hallcenter.ku.edu.
Mon., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., 2008