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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

Dave Eggers Speaker Profile:

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 (Wholphin), a monthly magazine (The Believer) and the Voice of Witness project.

His novel “What Is the What” (2006)  was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and won France’s Prix Medici. His latest books include: “The Monk of Mokha” (2018), “Her Right Foot” (2017), “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.

In 2006, Eggers, along with Nínive Calegari, co-authored a book entitled “Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers”. In it, they interviewed hundreds of teachers about the complexities of their work, their passions for their profession, their frustrations with public conceptions of their value, and their financial struggles to make it all possible. They talked with people who said they would have loved to go into teaching, but didn’t want to be undervalued professionally or find themselves scraping by financially. In an effort to bring this issue before a wider audience they produced the documentary film American Teacher, narrated by Matt Damon.

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.

For availability and speaker fees, please contact Dave Eggers’s speaking agent at Chartwell here, or call +1 972 385 1021 for U.S. inquiries or +44 207 293 0864 for international inquiries.

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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