Michael Lewis, author of many popular nonfiction books including The Blind Side, Liar's Poker and Next: The Future Just Happened, has signed a deal with Norton to write a new book titled Boomerang. This one will be about "the effects of the U.S. financial crisis on large and small European countries and how their difficulties impact the US." According to the Norton online catalog, the book will be available in June 2011.
If you'd like some background information on how we got into this financial mess, you might check out the anthology edited by Lewis, Panic!: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity. BookPage reviewer Anne Bartlett described that book as "readable," and I can attest from reading Liar's Poker that Lewis makes finance incredibly interesting—even for those of us who snoozed through econ class in college.
In other Michael Lewis-related news, Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B Entertainment, has bought the film rights to The Big Short.
Do you read Michael Lewis? What other mainstream financial writers would you recommend?
If you saw this holiday season's hit movie The Blind Side, you may think you know all about Michael Oher, the young black man who was taken in by a well-off white family and eventually became a star left tackle on his high school football team, then for Ole Miss, and now for the Baltimore Ravens. If you read Michael Lewis' book of the same name (you can read an excerpt on the NYT website), you'll learn more about both Oher and the couple who adopted him, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy.
Now you can have the chance to hear about the Tuohys' experience in their own words. Publisher's Marketplace reports that the Tuohys' book (no title yet) will be published by Holt this summer, and will explore "the power of giving." Will you be interested to see what this extraordinary family has to say?
Related in BookPage: The power of giving is certainly a timely topic these days! Check out reviews of books on philanthropy and money management in our January feature, "Getting and Giving," or a review of The Power of Half, by an Atlanta family that sold their house and donated half of the proceeds to an organization working to end poverty and hunger in Ghana.
The 2010 Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and I was happy to see that many of the picks were based on books. Here are the highlights:
Up in the Air, based on Walter Kirn’s 2001 novel, led the pack with six nominations: best picture (drama), best actor in a drama, best director, best screenplay and best supporting actress (two nominations here, for Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick).
The Blind Side, based on Michael Lewis’s book of the same name, was nominated for best actress in a drama.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (a BookPage favorite!) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs were both nominated for best animated feature film.
Invictus, based on John Carlin’s book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed a Nation, was nominated for best actor in a drama.
The Lovely Bones, based on Alice Sebold’s novel, was nominated for best supporting actor.
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire, was nominated for best picture (drama), best actress in a drama and best supporting actress.
Sherlock Holmes was nominated for best actor in a comedy.
A Single Man, based on Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel, was nominated for best actor in a drama, best supporting actress and best original score.
See a complete list of nominees. How many of the books-to-movies have you read? What book would you like to see as a movie next year?