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Michael Lewis talks writing, reading for World Book Night

Berkeley author Michael Lewis spoke at Mrs. Dalloway's bookstore to promote World Book Night 2013.
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Berkeley author Michael Lewis sauntered into Mrs. Dalloway’s bookstore on College Avenue on Monday, dressed for the 85-degree weather in a white cotton jacket and pants.

The crowd, which had been expecting him a half hour sooner and had started to disperse, quickly returned to the seats set up before a podium. Within seconds, Lewis, the bestselling writer of books such as Moneyball, Liar’s Poker, The Blind Side and The Big Short, had captivated the audience with his easygoing humor.

Lewis had come to Mrs. Dalloway’s to promote World Book Night, a national effort to get books into the hands of people who rarely read. … Continue reading »

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Michael Lewis on movies, books, and the financial crisis

Michael Lewis. Photo: Julia Flynn Siler
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Michael Lewis seems incapable of telling a lie.

In a freewheeling interview in front of a private banking group Wednesday night, the Berkeley writer confessed how he didn’t like the movie The Blind Side when he first saw it, how movie people would prefer that the author of a book adapted for the screen would just go away, and how the financial press actually did a good job reporting the 2008 crisis.

Lewis, who lives in Berkeley with his wife, … Continue reading »

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Brad and Angelina have (or not) left the premises

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and their children left the East Bay and the Claremont Hotel and Spa on Monday, but reports of their doings while in town are still surfacing.

Many people saw Zahara and Shiloh swimming in the Claremont’s baby pool, with Brad at times and with bodyguards at other times. The Claremont apparently closed the pool to everyone else, according to a member of the hotel’s club. That didn’t sit too well with club members … Continue reading »

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Brad and Angelina in Berkeley

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People at the Claremont Hotel apparently kept their cool on Saturday when the world’s hottest celebrity couple appeared in their midst.

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and their brood of six children spent the afternoon at the Claremont’s pool and health club, according to some members of the club.

While Pitt worked out in the exercise room, Jolie and the children swam in the hotel’s Olympic-size pool. Lucky for them the fog burned off.

Pitt is in town to … Continue reading »

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Michael Lewis’ Moneyball a step closer to big screen

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Berkeley author Michael Lewis has other things on his mind right now — he’s on the book tour circuit promoting his new oeuvre The Big Short — but it won’t have escaped his notice that one of his earlier books is inching its way closer to moviedom.

Deadline Hollywood reports that the long road to the big screen for Moneyball, Lewis’ 2003 book about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, may be reaching … Continue reading »

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Hollywood woos writer Michael Lewis, again

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Michael Lewis is one lucky writer. Not to downplay his talent.

The adaption of his book The Blind Side was nominated for an Oscar award for Best Picture Tuesday morning, and Sandra Bullock got a nod for Best Actress. (Not that she acknowledged Lewis when she won a Golden Globe; she thanked everyone but him.)

It also looks like Brad Pitt can’t get enough of this Berkeley writer.

Pitt was supposed to star in Moneyball, Lewis’ book … Continue reading »

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Brad Pitt is coming our way

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Looks like the Hollywood hunk will be gracing the East Bay with his presence — if not Berkeley, then Oakland — to start shooting the movie based on Berkeley author Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball about Oakland A’s Billy Beane.

According to the Today in Montclair blog, which checked in with the movie trade press, shooting is expected to start next year with a release date set for 2011.

Read the scoop here.

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