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By Mal Warwick
Two weeks ago, 600 Berkeleyside readers were treated to 90 minutes of conversation with The Three Michaels: Michael Chabon, Michael Lewis and Michael Pollan, moderated by Sedge Thomson. As a special holiday treat, here’s a podcast of the evening. To listen, either click on the link or right-click to save to your computer, tablet or phone. You can subscribe to Berkeleyside podcasts using our feed.
When Berkeley’s three most well-known Michaels take to the stage tonight for the first time, they will be doing so to support an organization that is helping foster a future generation of enthusiastic writers.
As you may have heard, Berkeleyside is organizing what promises to be a hugely entertaining evening on Monday Dec. 10. The “three Michaels of Berkeley” — Michael Chabon, Michael Lewis and Michael Pollan, all Berkeley residents — will come together for the first time to talk place, politics, people and, no doubt, writing. The event is a benefit for 826 Oakland, a new youth writing program for the East Bay, inspired by Dave Eggers’ pioneering 826 Valencia. The event is sponsored by One PacificCoast Bank.
Authors Michael Chabon, Kelly Corrigan, John Hodgman and Anne Lamott will appear April 28 at Notes & Words, a benefit for Children's Hospital of Oakland.
If nothing else, Berkeley writer Rebecca Spence has chosen an irresistible title for her Sunday talk at Afikomen: Portnoy’s Restraint: How Jewish-American Writers Have Learned to Stop Kvetching (and Love Being Jewish)
Michael Chabon will be happy. A new comic bookstore, whose name was inspired by a character in one of Chabon’s own novels, will open soon just a hop and a skip away from his Berkeley home in the Claremont neighborhood.
The news that iconic store Comic Relief was closing came as a shock to many, most notably the comics-loving community, but it seems a knight in shining armor may yet save the day.
Writing in The Atlantic today, bestselling author and Elmwood resident Michael Chabon muses on the meaning of the word “hometown” and the arbitrariness of borders. While he grew up in Columbia, MD, a place he describes as “fulfilling the promises of the American experiment one neocolonial tract house at a time”, Chabon’s more obvious hometown is Berkeley, where he has lived since 1997.
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