Lana Wachowski hosts talk with author David Mitchell

The Wachowskis’ writer/director Lana

Legendary blockbuster film writer/director Lana Wachowski, who rarely if ever makes a public appearance in Chicago, will actually be front and center on the stage of what is expected to be a full house at the Music Box Theatre, Sunday, Nov. 8.

She will be the spotlighted interviewer/host of an evening with her friend, British best-selling author David Mitchell, called a “genius” by literary critics, who stepped out of his scheduled U.S. tour itinerary for this special event.

They will talk about Mitchell’s new book, “Slade House,” a as well have a wide-ranging conversation about the many aspects of the arts and what it means to become an artist.

Wachowski and Mitchell met when the Wachowskis – as she and her brother Andy are referred to – bought Mitchell’s 2004 multi-layered, multi-award winning novel, “Cloud Atlas,” to produce as an independent film. 

Wachowski adapted the screenplay from the book and co-directed with Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski. The film was released in 2012.

The highly anticipated evening’s conversation is being presented by the Unabridged Bookstore in Lakeview and the Music Box Theatre.

Mitchell, who is currently on a U.S. promotional tour for “Slade House,” is making the exclusive trip to Chicago to reunite with Wachowski, who also is a good friend of Ed Devereux, the owner of the 35-year old Unabridged Bookstore.

“We have always wanted to have an event with Lana — she’s been such a good friend of Ed’s and the store for many years — and this seemed like the perfect occasion to do so,” notes Mandy Medley, Unabridged Bookstore’s event coordinator.

Another good friend of the bookstore and a great fan of the Wachowskis is the Music Box Theatre, a venue considered “a natural fit” for the evening “and we’re super excited about having it here,” says Stephanie Berlin, the Music Box manager of public relations.

The theatre has 750 seats and the expectation is that all of them will be filled.

Ticket packages are one ticket and one copy of “Slade house,” $30; two tickets, one book “Slade House,” $45 and they may be purchased here