FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 27, 2012
Contact: Library Administration
Berkeley Public Library Foundation
Kirsten Cowan 510-981-6115
A Special Evening With Author Michael Lewis
in Conversation with Linda Schacht Gage
The Berkeley Public Library, in conjunction with the Berkeley Public Library Foundation and the Harry Weininger Family, invite you to join us for a special evening on October 17, 2012, with a reception from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm and the featured event from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Author Michael Lewis will discuss his recent article in Vanity Fair Magazine’s October 2012 issue about his six months embedded with President Obama titled, “Obama’s Way”. Mr. Lewis will be featured in conversation with Linda Schacht Gage.
This free event will be held at the Central Branch of the Berkeley Public Library at: 2090 Kittredge Street in Berkeley. Due to the space limitations, tickets will be required for entry and will be limited to two tickets per person. The free-of-charge tickets can be obtained via:
After reserving a ticket on-line please plan to pick up your will-call ticket the day of the event between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm at the Central Library. Day of the event seating will be on a first come basis with availability depending on the number of non-reserved seats remaining.
“Michael Lewis has been a staunch supporter of our local libraries for years,” said Linda Schacht Gage, Capital Campaign Chairmen for the Neighborhood Libraries Campaign. “After reading the Vanity Fair piece, I had so many questions I wanted to ask Michael. Now I get to do it and you get to be there! We are so grateful to Michael for agreeing to help the library once again.”
Michael Lewis is an American non-fiction author and financial journalist. His bestselling books include The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Liar’s Poker, The New New Thing, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, Panic, Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood and Boomerang. Lewis has worked for The New York Times Magazine, as a columnist for Bloomberg, as a frequent contributor to The New Republic, and a visiting fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 2009.
Linda Schacht Gage is an Emmy award winning television reporter with more than 20 years’ experience in local television. Her career began at KQED-TV on the highly regarded Newsroom nightly news show. She covered politics, locally and nationally, for KPIX, the CBS owned and operated station in San Francisco, for nineteen years. Linda has won two Emmy awards and an American Bar Association national award for her political coverage. She has been on the faculty of UC Berkeley since 1992 and has served on the Boards of the Berkeley Public Library Foundation, the UC Library Advisory Board, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, The Daily Californian, and the UC Board of Trustees.
This event is underwritten by the Berkeley Public Library Foundation, through the generosity of the Harry Weininger Family. The Harry Weininger Family celebrates the life and generosity of Harry Weininger, who was a well-known figure in the Berkeley community and a long time supporter of the Berkeley Public Library. Harry was involved in a number of community organizations and played a peace-making role in the city’s political scene. He served for many years on the board of directors of the Berkeley Democratic Club and was the club’s president in 1983 and 1986. Mr. Weininger was always interested in the law and received a law degree from the University of San Francisco in 1988 when he was 54, then volunteered his legal services through the Berkeley Public Library’s Lawyer in the Library program. This event represents the First Annual Author Event to be sponsored as a memorial by the Weininger Family.
The Berkeley Public Library Foundation supports the renovation of each of our neighborhood branch libraries, with the goal of ensuring that all Berkeley community members have access to knowledge and learning by enhancing library facilities, programs and services. To find out more about this event, or link to the Vanity Fair article, “Obama’s Way,” as well as how you can contribute to the improvements at the neighborhood library branches, please contact the Berkeley Public Library Foundation at:
firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 510.981.6115, or simply visit us at www.bplf.org!
Please join us for this memorable, “Only in Berkeley” event. The Central Library is open Monday, noon-8 pm., Tuesday, 10 am – 8 pm., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am until 6 pm, and Sunday afternoons from 1 pm till 5 pm. For questions regarding this program and accessibility information, call 510-981-6195, TDD 510-548-1240, http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org. Wheelchair accessible. To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations for this event, please call (510) 981-6195 (voice) or (510) 548-1240 (TTY); at least three working days in advance to ensure availability.
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