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Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 4, 2022 and Island Ad-Vantages, August 4, 2022 and The Weekly Packet, August 4, 2022
Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman to talk TV in Blue Hill

Famed for their prowess with the printed word, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have turned much of their attention in recent years to television writing and production. The two will talk about the unique challenges of that craft in an evening event sponsored by Word, the Blue Hill literary arts festival, along with the Blue Hill Public Library, according to a press release.

Waldman and Chabon will be in conversation with Laura Miller, Slate books and culture columnist and a Word committee member, on Friday, August 12, at 7 p.m. at the library. Preregistration is required at wordfestival.org.

Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of numerous books, among them the novels The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Telegraph Avenue and Moonglow, the essay collection Pops, and two picture books featuring Awesome Man.

Waldman is the author of the memoir A Really Good Day, as well as of novels including Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. She is the editor of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons.

Married and the parents of four, Chabon and Waldman collaborated as editors of Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation and Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases. They are Brooklin summer residents.

Their television work has included a novel adaptation, a docudrama based in fact, and developing characters and situations as part of an ongoing series created by others. With Susannah Grant, they are the creators and writers of Netflix’s award-winning true-crime mini-series Unbelievable, about a series of rapes in Washington state and Colorado. In addition, Chabon is a creator and writer of the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Picard, which has returned Patrick Stewart to the screen as celebrated Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard.

After two years online, Word is planning an in-person festival for October 20-23, featuring evening speakers Lily King and Phuc Tran, an original commissioned play based on the work of Blue Hill native Mary Ellen Chase, poetry readings and a full complement of workshops and conversations.

For information, visit wordfestival.org or call 374-5632.