Dave Eggers is an American author who came to the attention of the reading public with his ironic memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, published in 2000. His most recent work, A Hologram for the King, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award in the category of fiction. His narrative of a Syrian-American who stays behind to care for his neighbors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Zeitoun, won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2009. He is the founder and editor of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco. In 2002 he helped found 826 Valencia, a non-profit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco.
His adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are was made into a feature film starring James Gandolfini. As a journalist, novelist, editor and publisher Dave Eggers continues to push creative writing into new and surprising directions.