Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman

The Open Door Sessions

Recorded May 7th, 2020

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For our inaugural event, we are proud to have welcomed back to the stage Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon. Between them, Ayelet and Michael have presented at the Booksmith half a dozen times in the last five years alone. Their work, independent and collaborative, pushes the boundaries of genre and expectation.

Michael’s fiction gently tilts reality to one side, opening up possibilities that aren’t quite far-fetched, but are instead both familiar and fresh. His writing, wry, measured, and unpretentiously wise, is a gift to read.

Ayelet’s work is personal and unapologetic, broaching difficult topics without fear–novelist, memoirist, and singular voice, she challenges stubborn perspectives and invites new visions.

We could not have hoped for a better team to launch this series into being–two authors who are so creative, inquisitive, irreverent and smart are everything we hope to be, and we are so pleased for them to open these doors with us.

Shop the store to have any of Michael’s Books or any of Ayelet’s books delivered right to your door.

While you’re looking, consider these Brookline Booksmith favorites:

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Get ready to join Michael and Ayelet tonight: Thursday, May 7th.

And take a moment now to help shape this upcoming conversation.

Check out the list of questions submitted by other Booksmith Open Doors Sessions attendees, and then vote to support any of the ones that match your own interests.

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    If you two had to live under lock-down alone with one of Michael’s many wonderful characters, who would you choose?

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    What’s life been like for you under quarantine? How are you spending your days and staying focused on what’s important?

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    Ayalet, you wrote so honestly about micro-dosing and it’s impact. Does your experience seem the same to you now that some time has passed since you wrote your book?

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    What’s new?

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    This one’s for you Michael: Star Trek. Pandemic. Discuss?

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    Have you had new, incendiary moments of awareness in these past weeks, as life as we know it, has been upended? Can you share an insight that might change the way you evaluate your priorities or fundamental obligations going forward?

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    We all been inspired by the book you edited, Kingdom of Olives and Ash. Can you speak to the ongoing concern and awareness around Occupation in your daily lives and work?

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    Have you ever had comedically bad days like Grady Tripp, that seem like they can’t get any worse, yet still do?

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    Its interesting how the pandemic exposes the limits of both institutions and individuals and has slowed “consumer economy” down. Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the outcome?

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    Is there anything you can give away about the Kavalier and Clay series?

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    What’s your favorite minor work of Dr Seuss? (i.e., never made into a film).

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    Are there any exercises you are during this time to feed your creativity? Many of us are struggling with this, being quarantined in such close quarters…

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    For both: is there a non-fiction topic that would also be amenable to fiction treatment also that you want to see taken up?

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    If Picard could be brought back after he died why couldn’t Data be brought back?