Name that City! — August 26, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions:

  1. Novelist Michael Chabon, who wrote “Wonder Boys,” set many of his novels in which city?
  2. Music stars Chet Atkins, Roy Acuff and Kenny Chesney were all born in what southern city?
  3. Which midwestern city is home to an annual arts festival, held at Western Gateway Park and which attracts over 200,00 visitors?

And here are the answers:

  1. Pittsburgh, PA–Novelist Michael Chabon, who attended both Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, burst onto the literary scene in 1988 with his poignant coming-of-age novel, “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.” Several of his books were set in Pittsburgh, including “Wonder Boys,” his most successful novel, which was later turned into a movie of the same name starring Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire. Chabon has won numerous awards and has written Y/A fiction, essays, and a memoir in the intervening years since his initial success. He now resides in Northern California with his wife and four children.
  2. Knoxville, TN–Chet Atkins, nicknamed “Mr. Guitar,” influenced a legion of players, including George Harrison and Mark Knopfler. Roy Acuff was known as “the King of Country Music” and brought country music to the forefront starting in the 1940’s. Kenny Chesney represents country music’s latest crop of superstar performers, selling millions of records and packing arenas all across the country.
  3. Des Moines, IA–While recent attendee numbers have surely been impacted by Covid, the Des Moines Arts Festival has been a major destination for artists and art lovers alike since 1958. Originally held in a parking lot of the Des Moines Art Center and later at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, it relocated to its current location in downtown Des Moines in 1997. Widely regarded as one of the best festivals in the US, the next festival gears up in June of 2022.

Thanks for playing!