Michael Lewis

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 8:00 pm
Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: Social Studies

Before endeavoring to write his first book, Liars Poker, Michael Lewis sold bonds for the investment bank Solomon Brothers. The semi-autobiographical account of Wall Street traders and salesmen defined that financial era and put Lewis on the literary and business-world map. Since then, Lewis has turned meticulous research on far reaching subjects into eloquent and very readable non-fiction. The bestseller- -turned-Hollywood-blockbuster The Blindside is a touching portrait of football; Moneyball, recently adapted for the big screen, centers on Oakland A’s manager Billy Bean; the housing and credit crisis of the 2000’s is deftly chronicled in The Big Short; and Lewis examined his own parental experience in Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood. In his most recent book, Boomerang: The Meltdown Tour, Lewis chronicles the fiscal recklessness in both Europe and the U.S. that led to the current international debt crisis.

 

Adam Savage is an industrial special effects designer, actor and co-host of The Discovery Channel series “Mythbusters.” His acting resume includes early work as voices for Sesame Street characters created by his father. Savage has also taught advance model making at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.  His past City Arts & Lectures interviews include Fred Armisen, Jamy Ian Swiss and David Pogue.