Dave Eggers

Writer and editor.

Writer and editor. Author of five books, including A heartbreaking work of staggering genius (2001), the novel You shall know our velocity (2004) and the collection of short stories Short short stories (2005). His most recent book What is the what? (2008), was a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award.

In 1998 he founded McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco that publishes books, the fortnightly literary magazine McSweeney’s, the magazine of articles and interviews The Believer, the fortnightly DVD of shorts Wholphin and a humorous website. He is also co-founder of the Voice of Witness, a series of non-profit books that, through oral stories, highlights the crises in human rights around the world.

In 2002, Eggers created 826 Valencia, a literary workshop for young people in the cosmopolitan neighbourhood of Mission District in San Francisco, and which now has other centres in other cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. With the help of the students, Eggers publishes The Best American Nonrequired Reading.

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