Michael Chabon's forthcoming novel "Telegraph Avenue" is set in Oakland in and around a used record store, Brokeland Records. Independent Oakland bookstore Diesel Books will stand in for the fictional store from Sept. 7-14, becoming a temporary pop-up version of Brokeland Records, complete with jazz records for sale.
The Wall Street Journal reports, "Harper is creating exterior Brokeland Records signs to temporarily replace the Diesel signs, as well as Brokeland Records bags, buttons, and stamps for book purchases made during the week. There will also be a landing page for 'Diesel in Brokeland' on Diesel's website." Diesel, which also has two locations in Southern California, has already posted teaser photographs of what look like record store bins being moved into place at the Oakland store.
Chabon, who lives in the East Bay, has written more than a dozen books. His last major novel was 2007's "The Yiddish Policemen's Union"; he won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay."
"Telegraph Avenue" digs into and detours around the lives -- in 2004 and before -- of the owners of Brokeland Records, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe.