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Dave Eggers' Writer's Voice Appearance
Author, activist, publisher, and screenwriter Dave Eggers was the library's 2011-12 Writer's Voice guest.
Mr. Eggers' public lecture on campus took place the evening of November 1, 2011 in the Alma Thomas Theater; after the lecture he signed books and talked with attendees until after midnight. While he was here, Mr. Eggers also met with classes, attended a lunch with students, and was interviewed by a student.
Interviews with Dave Eggers
McGray, Douglas. “Education is in Crisis. Let’s Clone Dave Eggers.” SanFranMag.com. June 2, 2011.
Gordon, Scott. “Dave Eggers on His Favorite Things About Newspapers.” AVclub.com. January 5, 2010.
Preston, John. “Dave Eggers Interview: The Heartbreak Kid.” Telegraph.co.uk. December 29, 2009.
Suddath, Claire. “Author Dave Eggers.” Time.com. July 22, 2009.
Elliot, Stephen. “The Rumpus Long Interview with Dave Eggers.” Therumpus.net. June 9, 2009.
Sharrock, Justine. “MoJo Interview: Dave Eggers.” Motherjones.com. March/April 2009.
Amsden, David. “The Believer.” Salon.com. March 9, 2005.
About Dave Eggers
Dave Eggers is the author of numerous books, including his most recent--Zeitoun, a nonfiction account of a Syrian-American immigrant and his extraordinary experience during Hurricane Katrina--and What Is the What, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award. That book, about Valentino Achak Deng, a survivor of the civil war in southern Sudan, gave birth to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, run by Mr. Deng and dedicated to building secondary schools in southern Sudan.
Eggers' earlier books include A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2001, and You Shall Know Our Velocity!, which won the Independent Book Award in 2003.
Eggers collaborated with Spike Jonze to write the screenplay for Where the Wild Things Are, and Eggers also adapted the beloved children's book by Maurice Sendak into a novel, The Wild Things.
Eggers is also the founder and editor of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco that produces a quarterly journal, a monthly magazine (The Believer), and Wholphin, a quarterly DVD of short films and documentaries.
In 2002, with Nínive Calegari, Eggers co-founded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco. Local communities have since opened sister 826 centers in Chicago, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Ann Arbor, Seattle, and Boston. Together they wrote Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers, with Daniel Moulthrop. For his efforts in education, Eggers was awarded the TED Prize in 2008.
In 2004, Eggers taught at the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and there, with Dr. Lola Vollen, he co-founded Voice of Witness, a series of books that use oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world.
A native of Chicago, Eggers graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with wife and writer Vendela Vida, with whom he co-wrote the screenplay for the film Away We Go, and their two children.
Credits: McSweeney's, OCLC WorldCat database