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‘3 Michaels’ talk writing, inspiration and Berkeley quirks

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In an evening designed to focus on the “Berkeleyishness” of Berkeley, and raise money for a great cause, three of the city’s most renowned Michaels kept hundreds of local residents laughing for the better part of 90 minutes with their wit, charm and candor.

Writers Michael Lewis, Michael Pollan and Michael Chabon — all of whom live in Berkeley — answered questions from West Coast Live host and Berkeley native Sedge Thomson, who moderated “The Three Michaels: A Berkeley Conversation” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre on Monday night.

This was the third public forum Berkeleyside has put on, part of its commitment to providing quality conversations and debates on issues that matter to Berkeley, both on- and off-line. (Scroll down for a slideshow, courtesy of Pete Rosos, from the forum.) … Continue reading »

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Schools

Jefferson School teacher receives 826 Valencia Award

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BUSD Board February 23, 2011 Recognition from Berkeley Public Schools on Vimeo.

Last week Jefferson Elementary School first grade teacher Beth Trevor was doubly honored. Firstly by the 826 Valencia Foundation which made her the recipient of its Teacher of the Month award. And secondly on the occasion of the Berkeley Unified School District board meeting when four of her pupils took the mic to tell board members just why they thought their teacher deserved such an award.

826 Valencia was founded in 2002 by San Francisco author Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari to support students with their writing skills, and to help teachers get their students excited about the writing. … Continue reading »

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Non-profits

Berkeley author pledges to support college program

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Berkeley author Ayelet Waldman has come up with a clever, not to mention generous, idea to help send a disadvantaged Oakland student to college through the Scholar Match program, established by her fellow writer and friend Dave Eggers.

Waldman has selected one student, Eddie Ashley, and is going to match every dollar her family, friends and readers donate. “You donate 10 bucks, I donate 10 bucks. You donate $1,000, I donate $1,000, up until we’ve reached … Continue reading »

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Michael Chabon calls himself overrated

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Michael Chabon may be the best-known writer living in Berkeley (although other Pulitzer Prize winners, like Alice Walker, have lived here at times). He certainly is among the most-respected.

The Wall Street Journal interviewed Chabon recently about the Bay Area literary life, which Chabon called a “vibrant, fun scene, and much less of a pressure cooker than New York.”

New Yorkers are too consumed by status, said Chabon. “That interconnectedness allows information to flow fast. Who got … Continue reading »

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Dave Eggers decries the death of the newspaper

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Reports of the death of the newspaper are greatly exaggerated. Long live the newspaper. So says bestselling author Dave Eggers, who with a small editorial team, published Panorama, a 320-page newspaper that sold out its 20,000 print-run in December.

The prolific publisher discussed the newspaper business as a guest of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism at Sibley Auditorium last night. Another 20,000 copies of Panorama have been printed and they were moving like, well, hot … Continue reading »

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Events

Dave Eggers: Have a few pirate fights with your writing lesson

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Dave Eggers drew a large audience to Berkeley Rep Monday night, and he treated his listeners to an amusing collection of self-deprecating stories. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll just had to probe Eggers gently, and then the author of numerous bestselling books was off on a roll.

The most interesting thing the pair discussed was the Eggers-sponsored collection of tutorial centers around the country. When Eggers rented a vacant storefront at 826 Valencia Street in San Francisco, he had … Continue reading »

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Arts

Two Davids coming to the Rep

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The Berkeley Rep is to host both David Sedaris and David Eggers (left) in the coming months at separate events — and tickets should probably be reserved now rather than wait for later.

San Francisco writer and publisher Dave Eggers (pictured left) will be in conversation with San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll on February 1 at the Rep.

Eggers’ most recent book, Zeitoun, has made the best seller lists and his new novel, Continue reading »

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Where to get Dave Eggers’ Panorama in the East Bay

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Panorama, the 320-page “newspaper” conceived and executed by Dave Eggers and McSweeney’s, hits the streets tomorrow, Tuesday Dec 8.

I had heard it would be sold for $5 on the streets of San Francisco, hawked by a collection of “newsies” wandering the city. The idea was to imitate the newsboys of the golden age of journalism, who would rush to the streets with extra editions when news broke.

But you don’t have to go to San Francisco to … Continue reading »

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Pixar’s Brad Bird in conversation with Jon Carroll

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The Berkeley Rep, aglow with the success of its latest smash, American Idiot, and from the general recognition of its artistic prowess, is also holding what promises to be an entertaining series of “conversations” hosted by San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll.

First up, on November 9, is Pixar‘s Brad Bird (pictured left), the internationally acclaimed director of award-winning movies including Ratatouille and The Incredibles.

Bird also wrote and directed the 1999 feature, The Iron Giant, which in … Continue reading »

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