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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dave Eggers  

Pen Name: Doris Haggis-on-Whey and Benny Haggis-on-Whey and Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey when co-authored with Christopher Eggers, Lucy Thomas, Daniel O'Mara

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts


Illinois Connection

Eggers grew up in Lake Forest and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in journalism.

Biographical and Professional Information

David Eggers is a writer, editor, publisher, philanthropist and literary entrepreneur. He is the founder of ''McSweeney's'', an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (''McSweeney's Quarterly Concern''), and a monthly magazine (''The Believer''). McSweeney's also publishes ''Voice of Witness'', a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. In 2004, Eggers taught at the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and there, with Dr. Lola Vollen, he co-founded ''Voice of Witness''.Eggers is the cofounder of ''826 National'', a network of tutoring centers around the country - Chicago, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Ann Arbor, Seattle, and Boston - and ''ScholarMatch'', a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools, and donors to make college possible. His fiction has appeared in ''Zoetrope'', ''Punk Planet'' and ''The New Yorker''. He has written introductions to new editions of books. He currently has a weekly short-short-story section in the UK ''Guardian'' newspaper. He also writes a series of children's reference books with his brother, Toph, under the pen name "Haggis-on-Whey". Eggers currently resides in Northern California.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius""" *Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize """What Is the What""" *Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award *New York Times Notable Book *New York Times Bestseller *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly """The Circle""" *Finalist for the 2012 National Book Award *Top Ten Books, New York Times, 2012 *Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Decade """Zeitoun""" *New York Times Notable Book *Oprah Magazine Terrific Read of the Year *Huffington Post Best Book of the Year *New Yorker Favorite Book of the Year *Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year *Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year *Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year """A Hologram for the King""" *Finalist for the 2012 National Book Award *Top Ten Books, New York Times, 2012 """The Bridge Will Not Be Gray""" *A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015 *A Junior Library Guild Selection *One of Cool Mom Picks Best Children's Book of 2015 """What Can a Citizen Do?""" *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2019