Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Michael Chabon's YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION to be TV Drama

I really enjoyed Michael Chabon's Yiddish Policemen's Union when it came out in 2007.  It's a smart and quirky thriller/mystery/speculative novel. This alternate history mystery has Alaska as the home of a big Jewish settlement after WWII and the holocaust.

From Deadline:

CBS TV Studios, Nina Tassler and Denise DiNovi’s PatMa Productions and Keshet Studios have acquired a spec drama script by husband-and-wife writing duo Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. The project will be taken out shortly to premium cable and streaming networks. 

Based on Chabon’s novel and developed for television by Chabon and Waldman, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is a darkly comedic murder mystery and political thriller. In Chabon’s alternative history, Jewish refugees from Hitler’s Europe found unlikely refuge on the Alaskan panhandle. In the present day of this world, as the community faces yet another exile, Homicide Detective Meyer Landsman must overcome the shambles of his broken life and marriage to solve a mysterious murder with profound political and religious ramifications.

Yiddish Policemen’s Union, published in 2007 by HarperCollins, has received the Hugo, Sidewise, Nebula and Ignotus awards. Chabon’s other notable books include Wonder Boys (1995), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000), Telegraph Avenue (2012), and Moonglow: A Novel (2016). He received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2001.

Waldman, who worked for three years as a federal public defender, penned The Mommy-Track Mysteries, a series of seven mystery novels, along with novels Love and Other Possible Pursuits, Bad Mother, Motherlove and A Really Good Day.

Read more here.

HT: J. Kingston Pierce -  TheRapSheet 

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