Book Passage Presents

David Mitchell

in conversation with Michael Chabon

Utopia Avenue

Hosted by Tom Barbash

Recorded: 07/16/2020

Book Passage Presents

David Mitchell

Utopia Avenue

Hosted by Tom Barbash

Recorded: 07/16/2020

Join celebrated authors David Mitchell and Michael Chabon for a one-of-a-kind, personal conversation about writing, reading, and living in these unprecedented times.

This live session, hosted by Tom Barbash, takes place on the occasion of David’s new book, Utopia Avenue. 

Utopia Avenue is the long-awaited new novel from the bestselling, prize-winning author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks.

“Enchanting, boisterous, and thoroughly enjoyable …. Utopia Avenue is the magical, musical escape we desperately need.” Daily Beast

Utopia Avenue is the strangest British band you’ve never heard of. Emerging from London’s psychedelic scene in 1967, and fronted by folk singer Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean Moss and guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet, Utopia Avenue embarked on a meteoric journey from the seedy clubs of Soho, a TV debut on Top of the Pops, the cusp of chart success, glory in Amsterdam, prison in Rome, and a fateful American sojourn in the Chelsea Hotel, Laurel Canyon, and San Francisco during the autumn of ’68.

David Mitchell’s kaleidoscopic novel tells the unexpurgated story of Utopia Avenue’s turbulent life and times; of fame’s Faustian pact and stardom’s wobbly ladder; of the families we choose and the ones we don’t; of voices in the head, and the truths and lies they whisper; of music, madness, and idealism. Can we really change the world, or does the world change us?

David Mitchell

About David Mitchell

David Mitchell is the author of the novels Ghostwrittennumber9dreamCloud AtlasBlack Swan GreenThe Thousand Autumns of Jacob de ZoetThe Bone Clocks, and Slade House. Twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, in 2018 he won the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

Michael Chabon

About Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, Werewolves in their Youth, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Summerland, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, Telegraph Avenue, Moonglow, and the picture book The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.

He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

Tom Barbash

About Tom Barbash

Tom Barbash is the author of the award-winning novel, The Last Good Chance, which was was awarded the California Book Award, and the short story collection Stay Up With Me, which was a national bestseller and was nominated for the Folio Prize. His nonfiction book, On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal, was a New York Times bestseller.

He currently teaches in the MFA program at California College of the Arts. He grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and currently lives in Marin County.

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