Michael Lewis, author of "Moneyball," to speak in Menlo Park tonight
Original post made by Richard Hine, editor of The Almanac, on Nov 1, 2006
This event is presented by Kepler's Books in Menlo Park and the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley. Kepler's has other "outside literary events" planned with the Commonwealth Club -- Apple computer co-founder Steve Wozniak and former U.S. senator John Edwards -- and with the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church: Philip Yancey, "Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?" on Monday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.
For details on Kepler's outside literary events, click here: Web Link
Here is more information on the Michael Lewis event
Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
6:30 p.m. Registration; 7:00 p.m. Program; 8:00 p.m. Book Signing
Menlo Park City Council Chambers
701 Laurel Street Menlo Park
$7 Members; $12 Non-Members;
For reservations visit www.commonwealthclub.org/sv.html or call 800-847-7730
The young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story will one day be among the most highly paid athletes in the National Football League. When we first meet him, he is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in schoolsuch as, say, how to read or write. Nor has he ever touched a football.
What changes? He takes up football, and school, after a rich, Evangelical, Republican family plucks him from the mean streets. Their love is the first great force that alters the world's perception of the boy, whom they adopt. The second force is the evolution of professional football itself into a game where the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist turns out to be the priceless combination of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: his blind side.
Author of the bestsellers Liar's Poker, The New New Thing, and Moneyball, Michael Lewis writes regularly for the New York Times Magazine and Bloomberg News. He lives in Berkeley, California.