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Dave Eggers is an American writer, editor, publisher and philanthropist

InformationDetail
BirthdayMarch 12, 1970
NationalityAmerican
FamousPhilanthropists, University Of Illinois, Media Personalities, Editors, Writers
SpousesVendela Vida
SiblingsBeth Eggers, Christopher Eggers, William (Bill) Eggers
Childrens October Adelaide Eggers Vida
Universities
  • University Of Illinois
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Notable Alumnis
  • University Of Illinois
Founder / Co-Founder
  • McSweeney's
  • 826 Valencia
  • ScholarMatch
Birth PlaceChicago
Height178cm
GenderMale
FatherJohn K. Eggers
MotherHeidi McSweeney Eggers
Net Worth$6 million
Sun SignPisces
Born inChicago

// Famous Alumni of University Of Illinois

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Who is Dave Eggers?

Dave Eggers is known for writing wonderful, gripping stories that tug at the heart. His award-winning body of work consists of several non-fiction, fiction, humor, screenplays, a series on salon.com, several essays and articles. As editor and contributor, he has worked on several works of post-modern literature. Almost all of his works have received significant amount of critical acclaim, not to mention commercial success. This has helped cement his place in the world of post-modern literature. He has thrown the doors open to bridging the divide between ethnic and religious groups through his fresh and honest works of fiction and non-fiction. He has found more success through his more recent work as a novelist, screenwriter, satirist, album art designer, and a proponent of grassroots journalism and alternative comics. As a philanthropist, he is known for helping students get through college vide monetary and after-school help from his nonprofit foundation and its seven chapters. A visionary and a global thought leader, he is often invited to knowledge forums to deliver keynote addresses and engage eager audiences to fresh forward thinking.

// Famous Media Personalities

Childhood & Early Life

Dave Eggers was born to John K. Eggers, an attorney, and Heidi McSweeney Eggers, a school teacher. His siblings were Bill, Beth, and Christopher (Toph).

He attended high school in Lake Forest, near Chicago and he also obtained his degree in journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. However, he put his education on hold due to the death of his parents from 1991-1992.

He moved to Berkeley, California with his girlfriend Kirsten and his younger brother Toph, as his two elder siblings were unable to care for him.

Career

He started his career as a ‘temp’ and dabbled in freelance graphic design for a local newspaper. He then worked with his friend David Moodie and took over ‘Cups’, a local newspaper, which gradually evolved into the satirical magazine ‘Might’.

During this time, he also started a comic strip called ‘Smarter Feller’ for ‘SF Weekly’.

In 1998, the first edition of ‘Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern’ journal was published by Mc Sweeney’s, a publishing house established in his mother’s name.

In 2000, his Pulitzer-prize-shortlisted memoir, ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’ was published. After two years, he authored his first novel ‘You Shall Know Our Velocity’ and co-founded ‘826 Valencia’, a charitable tutoring and writing center for children.

In 2003, McSweeney worked on ‘The Believer’, a monthly journal that is regularly edited by Eggers's wife, Vendela Vida.

In 2004, he contributed lyrics to the song, "The Ghost of Rita Gonzolo", on One Ring Zero's album, ‘As Smart as We Are’.

‘Surviving Justice: America's Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated’, a compilation of interviews with prisoners sentenced to death but exonerated later, was published in 2005.

‘What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng’, published in 2006, was a finalist for the ‘2006 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction’.

In 2010, he founded ‘ScholarMatch’, a non-profit organization that works towards making college tuition fees more affordable.

He has published a collection of short stories ‘How We Are Hungry’ and three politically themed serials for Salon.com. In addition, he edits the ‘Best American Nonrequired Reading’ series.

Major Works

He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’, which was published in 2000. It is considered one of his major works because it was nominated for ‘2000 Best Book of the Year’ by the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Time and New York Times.

‘Zeitoun’, released in 2009, won the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and also made it to the Entertainment Weekly’s ‘End-of-the-Decade Best’. It also won the American Book Award, Northern California Book Award and Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

‘A Hologram for the King’, released in 2012, found a place in the ‘10 Best Books of 2012’ list by editors of The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, and Hollywood.com. It was also a finalist for the National Book Award.

Awards & Achievements

The American Academy of Arts and Letters presented him with the Addison Metcalfe Award, in 2001.

In 2005, he was included in the TIME Magazine’s list of ‘100 Most Influential People’.

In 2008, he won the TED Prize.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations presented him with the ‘Courage in Media’ Award, in 2009.

Personal Life & Legacy

He is married to Vendela Vida, with whom he has two children.

His brother Bill works for several conservative think tanks and promotes privatization through his research. Beth, his sister committed suicide in November 2001.

With his younger brother Toph, he writes children’s books of literary nonsense, such as ‘The Future Dictionary of America’, ‘Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans’, and ‘Dr. and Mr. Haggis-On-Whey’.

Trivia

This American writer and publisher has also designed album art for ‘Yelling at the Sun’ and ‘Vheissu’.

// Famous Writers

Dave Eggers awards

YearNameAward

Other

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
2000San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
2000Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
2000New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
2001Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction finalist
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
2001Addison Metcalfe Award (American Academy of Arts and Letters)
2003Independent Book Award
You Shall Know Our Velocity
2005Named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People
2006Salon Book Award for What is the What
2007Heinz Award (Arts and Humanities)
2007National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction) finalist
What is the What
2008TED Prize
2008IMPAC Literary Award longlist
What is the What
2009Prix Médicis award
What is the What
2009Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Current Interest)
Zeitoun
2009Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Innovator's Award)
2009Entertainment Weekly
2000 - Time Best Book of the Year
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
2000 - Washington Post Best Book of the Year

Dave Eggers biography timelines

  • // 12th Mar 1970
    Dave Eggers was born to John K. Eggers, an attorney, and Heidi McSweeney Eggers, a school teacher. His siblings were Bill, Beth, and Christopher (Toph).
  • // 1991 To 1992
    He attended high school in Lake Forest, near Chicago and he also obtained his degree in journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. However, he put his education on hold due to the death of his parents from 1991-1992.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, the first edition of ‘Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern’ journal was published by Mc Sweeney’s, a publishing house established in his mother’s name.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, his Pulitzer-prize-shortlisted memoir, ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’ was published. After two years, he authored his first novel ‘You Shall Know Our Velocity’ and co-founded ‘826 Valencia’, a charitable tutoring and writing center for children.
  • // 2000
    He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’, which was published in 2000. It is considered one of his major works because it was nominated for ‘2000 Best Book of the Year’ by the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Time and New York Times.
  • // 2001
    The American Academy of Arts and Letters presented him with the Addison Metcalfe Award, in 2001.
  • // Nov 2001
    His brother Bill works for several conservative think tanks and promotes privatization through his research. Beth, his sister committed suicide in November 2001.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, McSweeney worked on ‘The Believer’, a monthly journal that is regularly edited by Eggers's wife, Vendela Vida.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, he contributed lyrics to the song, "The Ghost of Rita Gonzolo", on One Ring Zero's album, ‘As Smart as We Are’.
  • // 2005
    ‘Surviving Justice: America's Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated’, a compilation of interviews with prisoners sentenced to death but exonerated later, was published in 2005.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, he was included in the TIME Magazine’s list of ‘100 Most Influential People’.
  • // 2006
    ‘What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng’, published in 2006, was a finalist for the ‘2006 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction’.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he won the TED Prize.
  • // 2009
    ‘Zeitoun’, released in 2009, won the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and also made it to the Entertainment Weekly’s ‘End-of-the-Decade Best’. It also won the American Book Award, Northern California Book Award and Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
  • // 2009
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations presented him with the ‘Courage in Media’ Award, in 2009.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, he founded ‘ScholarMatch’, a non-profit organization that works towards making college tuition fees more affordable.
  • // 2012
    ‘A Hologram for the King’, released in 2012, found a place in the ‘10 Best Books of 2012’ list by editors of The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, and Hollywood.com. It was also a finalist for the National Book Award.

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Dave Eggers's FAQ

  • What is Dave Eggers birthday?

    Dave Eggers was born at 1970-03-12

  • Where is Dave Eggers's birth place?

    Dave Eggers was born in Chicago

  • What is Dave Eggers nationalities?

    Dave Eggers's nationalities is American

  • Who is Dave Eggers spouses?

    Dave Eggers's spouses is Vendela Vida

  • Who is Dave Eggers siblings?

    Dave Eggers's siblings is Beth Eggers, Christopher Eggers, William (Bill) Eggers

  • Who is Dave Eggers childrens?

    Dave Eggers's childrens is October Adelaide Eggers Vida

  • What was Dave Eggers universities?

    Dave Eggers studied at University Of Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • What was Dave Eggers notable alumnis?

    Dave Eggers's notable alumnis is University Of Illinois

  • Which company or organization was founded by Dave Eggers?

    Dave Eggers was the founder/co-founder of McSweeney's, 826 Valencia, ScholarMatch

  • How tall is Dave Eggers?

    Dave Eggers's height is 178

  • Who is Dave Eggers's father?

    Dave Eggers's father is John K. Eggers

  • Who is Dave Eggers's mother?

    Dave Eggers's mother is Heidi McSweeney Eggers

  • What is Dave Eggers's sun sign?

    Dave Eggers is Pisces