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Dave Eggers at the 2005 Hay Festival
Dave Eggers at the 2005 Hay Festival

Dave Eggers (born March 12, 1970) is an American writer, editor, and publisher. Image File history File linksMetadata DaveEggers. ... Image File history File linksMetadata DaveEggers. ... The Hay-on-Wye literary festival is a major literary festival in the UK each June, it lasts for 10 days and has a lot of important speakers, many of whom are authors, it draws a claimed 80,000 visitors over ten days and is currently sponsored by the Guardian. ... March 12 is the 71st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (72nd in leap years). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Editing is the process of preparing language, images, or sound for presentation through correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications. ... This article is concerned with the production of books, magazines, and other literary material (whether in printed or electronic formats). ...

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Life

Eggers was born in Chicago, Illinois, grew up in suburban Lake Forest, and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He lives in San Francisco. He is married to Vendela Vida, a graduate of the Columbia University MFA program and the author of two books, Girls on the Verge and And Now You Can Go. In October 2005, Vendela gave birth to a daughter, October Adelaide Eggers Vida. Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, The City of Big Shoulders Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook Incorporated March 4, 1837 Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area    - City 606. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Lake Forest is an affluent city in Lake County, Illinois, United States. ... The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, also known as UIUC and the U of I (the officially preferred abbreviation), is the flagship campus in the University of Illinois system. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay; Fog City Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Area    - City 122 km²  (47 sq mi)  - Land 121. ... Vendela Vida (born September 6, 1972) is an American novelist, journalist and editor. ... Columbia University is a private university whose main campus lies in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City. ...


Eggers's brother, Bill, is a researcher who has worked for several conservative think tanks [1], doing research on Eastern Europe. His sister, Beth, claimed that Eggers grossly understated her role in raising their brother Toph and made use of her journals in writing A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius without compensating her [2]. She later recanted her claims in a posting on her brother's own website McSweeney's Internet Tendency, calling them "a really terrible LaToya Jackson moment." On March 1, 2002, the New York Post reported that Beth, then a lawyer in Modesto, California, had committed suicide. This article is about the institution. ... Regions of Europe as delineated by the United Nations (UN definition of Eastern Europe marked salmon):  Northern Europe  Western Europe  Eastern Europe  Southern Europe Pre-1989 division between the West (grey) and Eastern Bloc (orange) superimposed on current national boundaries: Russia (dark orange), other countries of the former USSR (medium... A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (or AHWoSG) is a memoir by Dave Eggers released in 2000. ... La Toya Jackson La Toya Yvonne Jackson (born May 29, 1956 in Gary, Indiana) is an American singer and the middle child of the Jackson family. ... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The New York Post is the 13th-oldest[citation needed] newspaper published in the United States and the oldest to have been published continually as a daily. ... Modesto is the county seat of Stanislaus County in the U.S. state of California. ...


Work

Eggers began writing as a Salon.com editor and founded Might magazine, while also writing a comic strip called Smarter Feller (originally Swell, then Smart Feller) for SF Weekly. His first book was a memoir (with fictional elements), A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000). It focuses on the author's struggle to raise his younger brother in San Francisco following the sudden deaths of his parents. The book quickly became a bestseller and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. The memoir was praised for its originality, idiosyncratic self-referencing, and for several innovative stylistic elements. Early printings of the 2001 trade-paperback edition were published with a lengthy, apologetic postscript entitled "Mistakes We Knew We Were Making". Screenshot of Salon. ... Might is a now defunct magazine founded by Dave Eggers in the early 90s, the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. This magazine can be described as an effort of 20-somethings to say something, instead of nothing. ... A SF Weekly newsstand on Sansome Street in San Francisco SF Weekly is a weekly free newspaper in San Francisco, California. ... As a literary genre, a memoir (from the Latin memoria, meaning memory) forms a subclass of autobiography, although it is an older form of writing. ... A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (or AHWoSG) is a memoir by Dave Eggers released in 2000. ... See also: 1999 in literature, other events of 2000, 2001 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The gold medal awarded for Public Service in Journalism The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical compositions. ... A trade paperback can refer to any book that is bound with a heavy paper cover that is generally cheaper than the hardcover but more expensive than the regular paperback version. ...


In 2002, Eggers published his first novel, You Shall Know Our Velocity, a story about a frustrating attempt to give away money to deserving people while haphazardly traveling the globe. An expanded and revised version was released as Sacrament in 2003 and retitled You Shall Know Our Velocity! for its Vintage imprint distribution. He has since published a collection of short stories, How We Are Hungry, and three politically-themed serials for Salon.com. In November 2005, Eggers published Surviving Justice: America's Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated, compiling the book of interviews with exonerees once sentenced to death. The book was compiled with Lola Vollen, " a physician specializing in the aftermath of large-scale human rights abuses" and "a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies and a practicing clinician" [3]. Novelist Scott Turow wrote the introduction to Surviving Justice. Egger's most recent novel, What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, was released in October 2006. Eggers is also the editor of the Best American Nonrequired Reading series, an annual anthology of short stories, essays, journalism, satire, and alternative comics. See also: 2001 in literature, other events of 2002, 2003 in literature, list of years in literature. ... You Shall Know Our Velocity (or YSKOV) is a novel written by Dave Eggers, published in hardcover in San Francisco, California by McSweeneys in 2002 with ISBN 0970335555, and later in paperback in New York by Vintage in 2003 with ISBN 1400033543. ... See also: 2002 in literature, other events of 2003, 2004 in literature, list of years in literature. ... You Shall Know Our Velocity (or YSKOV) is a fiction novel written by Dave Eggers, published in hardcover in San Francisco, California by McSweeneys in 2002 with ISBN 0970335555, and later in paperback in New York by Vintage in 2003 with ISBN 1400033543. ... How We Are Hungry: Stories (or, HRAH, or HRAH:S) is a collection of short stories by Dave Eggers, originally published by McSweeneys in 2004. ... Screenshot of Salon. ... // Events February 25 - Canada Reads selects Rockbound by Frank Parker Day as the novel to be read across the nation. ... A movie adaptation of Turows bestselling book Presumed Innocent was made in 1990. ...


Eggers is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house. McSweeney's produces a quarterly literary journal, McSweeney's, first published in 1998; a monthly journal, The Believer, which debuted in 2003 and is edited by wife Vida; and, beginning in 2005, a quarterly DVD magazine, Wholphin. Other works include The Future Dictionary of America, Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans, and the "Dr. and Mr. Haggis-On-Whey" children's books, which Eggers writes with his younger brother. Ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Eggers wrote an essay about the US national team and soccer in the United States for The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup, a book published with aid of the journal Granta, that contained essays about each competing team in the tournament. McSweeneys is a publishing house founded by editor Dave Eggers, author of You Shall Know Our Velocity, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius , How We Are Hungry and What Is the What. ... Timothy McSweeneys Quarterly Concern is a semi-quarterly literary journal published by the McSweeneys publishing house. ... Cover of The Believer, April 2005 The Believer is an intellectual yet playful magazine mainly about literature. ... Vendela Vida (born September 6, 1972) is an American novelist, journalist and editor. ... DVD (sometimes called Digital Versatile Disc, or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... Cover of the first issue Wholphin is a quarterly DVD magazine containing a selection of short films which have had little or no exposure elsewhere. ... Qualifying countries The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th staging of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international association football world championship tournament. ... First international Unofficial: USA 0 - 1 Canada (Newark, NJ, USA; November 28, 1885) Official: Sweden 2 - 3 USA (Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916) Largest win USA 8 - 1 Cayman Islands (Mission Viejo, CA, USA; November 14, 1993) USA 7 - 0 El Salvador (Los Angeles, CA, USA; December 5, 1993) USA... Granta 37, published September 1991 Granta is a literary magazine which publishes new writing — fiction, personal history, reportage and investigative journalism — four times a year. ...


Eggers currently teaches writing in San Francisco at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit tutoring center and writing school for children which he cofounded in 2002. Eggers has recruited volunteers to operate similar programs in Los Angeles (826LA}, New York City (826NYC), Seattle (826 Seattle), Chicago (826 Chicago), and Ann Arbor, Michigan (826 Michigan). In 2006, he appeared at a series of fundraising events, dubbed the Revenge of the Book Eaters tour, to support these programs. The Chicago show, at the Park West theatre, featured Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. Other performers on the tour included Sufjan Stevens, Jon Stewart and David Byrne. 826 Valencia is the name and address of a writing workshop and tutoring center in San Francisco whose aim is to help students ages 8-18 with their writing skills, in the realm of creative writing, expository writing, or English as a second language. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ... Nickname: Big Apple; City that never Sleeps; Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Nickname: The Emerald City Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County King County Incorporated December 2 1869 Mayor Greg Nickels (D) Area    - City 369. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, The City of Big Shoulders Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook Incorporated March 4, 1837 Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area    - City 606. ... For the railroad company, see Ann Arbor Railroad. ... Death Cab for Cutie is an American band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. ... Benjamin Gibbard, born August 11, 1976 in Bremerton, Washington and currently residing in Seattle, Washington, is an American musician who has formed several indie bands, and who is known for his poetic songwriting. ... Sufjan Stevens (IPA pronunciation: ) (born July 1, 1975) is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Michigan. ... Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28, 1962) is a nine-time Emmy-winning American comedian, satirist, actor, author, and producer. ... David Byrne can refer to: David Byrne, Irish politician and former European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection David Byrne, musician and former Talking Heads frontman This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Bibliography

Nonfiction

  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000)
  • Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers (co-authored with Daniel Moulthrop and Nínive Clements Calegari) (2005)
  • Surviving Justice: America's Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated (co-compiled with Lola Vollen; with an introduction by Scott Turow) (2005)

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (or AHWoSG) is a memoir by Dave Eggers released in 2000. ... See also: 1999 in literature, other events of 2000, 2001 in literature, list of years in literature. ... // Events February 25 - Canada Reads selects Rockbound by Frank Parker Day as the novel to be read across the nation. ... A movie adaptation of Turows bestselling book Presumed Innocent was made in 1990. ... // Events February 25 - Canada Reads selects Rockbound by Frank Parker Day as the novel to be read across the nation. ...

Fiction

You Shall Know Our Velocity (or YSKOV) is a novel written by Dave Eggers, published in hardcover in San Francisco, California by McSweeneys in 2002 with ISBN 0970335555, and later in paperback in New York by Vintage in 2003 with ISBN 1400033543. ... See also: 2001 in literature, other events of 2002, 2003 in literature, list of years in literature. ... You Shall Know Our Velocity (or YSKOV) is a novel written by Dave Eggers, published in hardcover in San Francisco, California by McSweeneys in 2002 with ISBN 0970335555, and later in paperback in New York by Vintage in 2003 with ISBN 1400033543. ... You Shall Know Our Velocity (or YSKOV) is a novel written by Dave Eggers, published in hardcover in San Francisco, California by McSweeneys in 2002 with ISBN 0970335555, and later in paperback in New York by Vintage in 2003 with ISBN 1400033543. ... See also: 2002 in literature, other events of 2003, 2004 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 2003 in literature, other events of 2004, 2005 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 2003 in literature, other events of 2004, 2005 in literature, list of years in literature. ... // Events June 26, 2006: J.K. Rowling reaveals that two characters will die in the seventh book of the Harry Potter series. ...

Children's books

  • Giraffes? Giraffes! (as Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey, co-authored with Christopher Eggers) (2003)
  • Your Disgusting Head (as Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey, co-authored with Christopher Eggers) (2004)
  • Animals of the Ocean, in Particular the Giant Squid (as Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey, co-authored with Christopher Eggers) (2006)

See also: 2002 in literature, other events of 2003, 2004 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 2003 in literature, other events of 2004, 2005 in literature, list of years in literature. ... // Events June 26, 2006: J.K. Rowling reaveals that two characters will die in the seventh book of the Harry Potter series. ...

Other

See also: 2002 in literature, other events of 2003, 2004 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 2003 in literature, other events of 2004, 2005 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is a childrens picture book originally published by Harper & Row which describes the imaginary adventures of a young boy named Max, who is angry after being sent to his room without supper. ...

As editor or contributor (non-McSweeney's publications)

Speaking with the Angel (ISBN 1573228583) is a collection of short stories edited by Nick Hornby and published by Riverhead Trade in 2001. ... Nick Hornby (born 17 April 1957) is an English novelist and essayist who lives in Highbury, Islington in London. ... See also: 1999 in literature, other events of 2000, 2001 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 2001 in literature, other events of 2002, 2003 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938) is an American author and is the with the Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University, where she has taught since 1978 ([1]). She serves as associate editor for Ontario Review, a literary magazine, and the Ontario Review Press, a literary book publisher... Colson Whitehead is a New York-based novelist, born in 1969. ... See also: 2001 in literature, other events of 2002, 2003 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 2001 in literature, other events of 2002, 2003 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The Tenants of Moonbloom (1963) is a novel by the Jewish American writer Edward Lewis Wallant (1926-1962). ... Edward Lewis Wallant (1926-1962) was an American writer. ... See also: 2002 in literature, other events of 2003, 2004 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Zadie Smith Zadie Smith (born October 27, 1975) is a British novelist. ... See also: 2002 in literature, other events of 2003, 2004 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Viggo Mortensen at a premiere of The Fellowship of the Ring, December 1, 2003 Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. ... See also: 2003 in literature, other events of 2004, 2005 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, known by his simple stage name of Beck. ... // Events February 25 - Canada Reads selects Rockbound by Frank Parker Day as the novel to be read across the nation. ... Sean Wilsey (born 1970) is the author of the memoir Oh the Glory of it All, which was published by Penguin in 2005. ... // Events June 26, 2006: J.K. Rowling reaveals that two characters will die in the seventh book of the Harry Potter series. ... Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954 in Portland, Oregon; his family name is pronounced , rhyming with gaining and raining) is an Emmy-winning American cartoonist and the creator of the American animated television series The Simpsons [1] and Futurama, as well as the comic strip Life in Hell. ... // Events June 26, 2006: J.K. Rowling reaveals that two characters will die in the seventh book of the Harry Potter series. ...

Misc

  • Eggers went to grade school and highschool with Vince Vaughn.[5]
  • Eggers reportedly turned down a $2 million movie deal from New Line and Miramax [6]
  • From the 2006 movie John Tucker Must Die: "She likes old-school Elvis Costello, listens to obscure podcasts and she reads Dave Eggers. She's deep."[7]

Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American film actor. ... John Tucker Must Die is a 2006 American high school comedy film about a trio of girls (Ashanti, Sophia Bush, Arielle Kebbel) who plot to break the heart of manipulative basketball star John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe) after they learn he has been secretly dating all three and pledging each is... Declan Patrick MacManus (born 25 August 1954, in London), better known by his stage name, Elvis Costello, is an English musician, singer, and songwriter of Irish ancestry. ...

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