Tribune: You received so many top honors and awards for your writing, but what are your thoughts about the selection of your book for a One Read program in Columbia?
Chaon: I am really interested in the One Read programs that have sprung up all over the country because I do think there is something about having that social aspect to reading that can be really rewarding. The media has become so fractured — and that’s a good thing because people can find whatever they want — but we don’t have that many water cooler moments anymore, we don’t have that many shared things that we can sit down and talk about and argue about, and I guess that the One Read program really allows people to re-experience what that’s like. I guess outside of “Lost,” the last time that happened for me I don’t know, but it is so fun to have something that everyone has an opinion about and everybody is able to share the conversation. We need more of that.