PUBLISHED: 3:36 PM on Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Hearthside Books holds reading, book signing Pulitzer winning author
"The Yiddish Policemen's Union," Michael Chabon's first full-length novel since his Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times best-selling The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, wraps an alternate history of the Jews within a virtuosic recreation of 1940s-style detective fiction.

Marked by Chabon's characteristic literary legerdemain, this wildly inventive narrative melds an intriguing mystery with a blackly comic, existential examination of identity, purpose and cultural longing.

Hearthside Books will hold a reading and booking signing with Chabon at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Hangar Ballroom.

In the wake of World War II and the subsequent collapse of the fledgling state of Israel, a portion of Alaska was settled as the Jewish homeland; for sixty years, the residents of Yiddish-speaking district of Sitka have enjoyed the protection of the United States, though not the rights of statehood.

But now they face the coming Reversion, wherein they will lose sovereignty of yet another temporary homeland.

Everyday life in Sitka has become uneasy at best, as residents scramble to obtain permanent residence amid rumors of stringent quotas. Everyone agrees that these are strange times to be a Jew.