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Dave Eggers speaker

Dave Eggers

San Fransisco, USA

One of the leading American writers of the twenty-first century

Award-winning author, "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" (2000)

Named one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World" by Utne Reader

“Many writers, having written a first best-seller, might see it as a nice way to start a career. He started a movement instead.” – Time

Writing is only his day job: the author of nine books, Dave Eggers also moonlights as a publisher, philanthropist and advocate for students and teachers.

Dave Eggers’ first book, “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” (2001), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Since then he’s launched an independent publishing house, which publishes books and a quarterly literary journal (McSweeney’s), a DVD-based review of short films (Wholpin), a monthly magazine (The Believer) and the Voice of Witness project.

His novel “What Is the What” was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and won France’s Prix Medici. His latest books include: “Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?” (2014), “The Circle” (2013) and “A Hologram for the King”, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award.

In 2002, he opened 826 Valencia, a writing lab for young people located in the Mission District of San Francisco; there are now branches of 826 in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, and Michigan.

He was one of three 2008 TED Prize recipients. His TED Prize wish was for helping community members to personally engage with local public schools. The same year, he was named one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World” by Utne Reader.

Our Comment

"Dave has established himself as a philanthropist and teacher-at-large. With spellbinding eagerness, he talks about issues facing the education system today, and how his 826 Valencia tutoring center inspired others around the world to open their own volunteer-driven, wildly creative writing labs. "

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