Ayelet Waldman’s idea turned into East Bay Feed ER which is delivering two restaurant-prepared meals a day to five East Bay hospitals.
Local stars come out for the Berkeley Public Library
Mickey Hart and Joel Selvin at the Berkeley Public Library Foundation Authors’ Dinner on Saturday Feb. 9. Photo: Richard Friedman Mickey Hart and Joel Selvin at the Berkeley Public Library Foundation Authors’ Dinner on Saturday Feb. 9. Photo: Richard Friedman By Mal Warwick Who knew? Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart isn’t just a musician. It turns […]
Authors rally to raise funds for Children’s Hospital
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.
Peggy Orenstein dissects girls’ passion for pink
From her home in north Berkeley where she lives with her filmmaker husband Steven Okazaki and 7-year-old daughter Daisy, Peggy Orenstein has been opining for years for the New York Times magazine about the world of girls and feminism. Last week, her latest book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, was published and it is already climbing […]
Capacity crowd turns up to hear “tiger mom” Amy Chua
The lines were literally out the door Thursday night at the Hillside Club, where Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, was on stage for a KPFA fundraiser. Chua’s views on parenting have triggered an explosion of heated debate internationally after the Wall Street Journal ran a provocative excerpt of her book on […]
Ayelet Waldman’s book coming to the big screen
The movie based on Ayelet Waldman’s book Love and Other Impossible Pursuits will be released into theaters on Feb. 4. (It is also available now on Comcast on Demand.) Renamed The Other Woman, the movie stars Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow. The film, directed by Don Roos, focuses on Emilia Greenleaf (Portman), a recent law […]
A Berkeley celebration of Mark Twain
There were no jumping frogs but there was a lot of celebratory cheer Wednesday evening at the official book launch of Mark Twain’s autobiography. Since the esteemed humorist died 100 years ago and couldn’t read from his own text, other authors, poets, actors, and filmmakers did the honors. Under a carved wooden ceiling in the […]
Michael Chabon: Does reverse psychology sell books?
We are all familiar with this photograph of Berkeley writer Michael Chabon. It’s hard to forget, as his bright blue-green eyes stare straight at the observer. They are arresting and captivating. Chabon is internationally acclaimed for his writing, but the subject of his appearance has gotten lots of ink, too, over the years. Rumor has […]
Berkeley author pledges to support college program
Berkeley author Ayelet Waldman has come up with a clever, not to mention generous, idea to help send a disadvantaged Oakland student to college through the Scholar Match program, established by her fellow writer and friend Dave Eggers. Waldman has selected one student, Eddie Ashley, and is going to match every dollar her family, friends […]
To tweet or not to tweet, that is the question
Blogger extraordinaire Dave Winer does it many times a day and nearly 30,000 people follow his every word. Sustainable food guru Michael Pollan thought he was going to do it, but probably found he was too busy and has only graced us with his 140-character apercus 15 times since he launched himself into micro-blogging. Few […]
Watch out Ayelet, Lenore’s in town
At Berkeleyside we feel quite proprietorial about having self-described “bad mother” Ayelet Waldman in our midst. Waldman, who lives in Berkeley, has made a career out of exposing the fallibilities of motherhood which, in fact, are common to all women who give birth. But Waldman has an East Coast contender to the “bad mom” throne […]
Those craving Cupkates, take note
While Kate, the owner of Cupkates, Berkeley’s popular cupcakes truck, tries to resolve her permit issues with the city, those of you missing the taste of her red velvets and pumpkin flavored treats should know that she is still selling them from the truck (check her Twitter updates for details) and Cupkates are available at […]