BLUE HILL — Famed for their prowess with the printed word, novelists Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have turned much of their attention to television writing and production in recent years. 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.
Waldman and Chabon will converse with Laura Miller, Slate’s books and culture columnist and a Word committee member, at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the library. Pre-registration is required at www.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, organizers of 2022 Word are crossing their fingers and planning an in-person festival for Oct. 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.
The festival is funded by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, the Thompson Foundation, the Anahata Foundation, the Lojo Foundation, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, the Maine Arts Commission and other generous donors. Word’s media partner is WERU-FM. Its fiscal sponsor is Blue Hill Community Development.