Writers Take to the Screen

Michael Chabon is the rare kind of writer who can garner critical acclaim and sell books by the yard. He’s teamed up with his wife Ayelet Waldman to write a television series for the US cable network HBO. The series, Hobgoblin, is about a group of illusionists and tricksters fighting the Nazis during World War II. It’s not the first time Chabon has ventured into this kind of territory: he won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay. The novel included Nazi themes and a comic book character based on Harry Houdini.

In similar news, UK author Salman Rushdie is reported to be writing and executive producing a television series for the US Showtime cable network. The series, called Next People, is the first time the author of the Booker of Bookers prize-winning Midnight’s Children has ventured in writing for the screen. Typically, however, it is not lacking in ambition: its principal thematic concerns are reported to include “politics, sex, religion, science and technology”.