Best Local Author
Michael Chabon isn't from here. His first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh — published when he was 25 — drew wild critical and word-of-mouth acclaim, and planted him firmly onto the American literary map ... but on its eastern side. But the acclaim and awards have come thick and fast, raining down upon Chabon, since his subsequent move to Berkeley, where he now lives with his wife — fellow author Ayelet Waldman — and their four children. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2000 novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which arguably brought vintage comic books and their creators the overdue respect they long deserved. This year in Austin, Texas, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. gave a coveted Nebula Award to The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Chabon's 2007 fantasy/murder mystery in which Europe's post-Holocaust Jews settled not in Israel but in Sitka, Alaska.