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Michael Chabon

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Michael Chabon (born 1963) is an American author who grew up in Columbia, Maryland. His first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh appeared in 1988 and became a best seller. His subsequent works include Wonder Boys (1995), a novel about a frustrated novelist (based on Chabon's unsuccessful attempt at writing a much larger novel, Fountain City, about the construction of a perfect baseball park in Las Vegas) which was made into a motion picture; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, about an illustrator and a writer in the early comic book industry, which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; and Summerland (2002), a fantasy novel written for younger readers, which won the 2003 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. His works have been praised for their characterizations and use of language. He is also sometimes described as a gay writer due to the presence of gay major characters in his first three novels, though Chabon has said this aspect is not based on his own life.

Chabon also has two collections of short stories, both of which came out after his debut novel, entitled Werewolves in their Youth and A Model World. He has also written a number of small comics projects, primarily for Dark Horse Comics, and co-wrote the story for Spider-Man 2 (though he was third in a group of three scriptwriters on the project). He has also been co-writing a film adaptation of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

Chabon lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife Ayelet Waldman, who is also an author, and their four children. He was born in Washington, DC, received a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and received an MFA in creative writing from UC Irvine.

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