Writer Dave Eggers to Read from His Work at Yale

Dave Eggers

The author and editor Dave Eggers, best known for his aptly titled memoir “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” will give a reading as a John Christophe Schlesinger Visiting Writer at Yale on February 27 at 7 p.m. in Sudler Hall, Room 201, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St.

Please note that this event was originally scheduled to take place in the Yale Law School auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

A designer, editor and publisher, as well as a highly praised writer, Eggers is the author of the story collection “How We Are Hungry” (2004); and the novels “You Shall Know Our Velocity” (2002) and “What Is the What” (2006). He is editor of the annual “The Best American Nonrequired Reading” series, and co-editor of the “Voice of Witness” series of oral histories. In 1998, he founded McSweeney’s, an independent book publishing house in San Francisco, which puts out the McSweeney’s quarterly literary journal, the monthly magazine The Believer; a daily humor website, www.mcsweeneys.net., and Wholphin, a quarterly DVD collection of short films. In 2002, he opened 826 Valencia, a writing lab for young people located in the Mission District of San Francisco, which now has branches in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and Michigan. He has designed most of the books and quarterlies published by McSweeney’s and created the templates for The Believer and Wholphin. His design work has been featured in many annuals and periodicals, as well as the National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the California Design Biennial. Eggers lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

The John Christophe Schlesinger Visiting Writer series is supported by the generosity of Richard and Sheila Schlesinger of Pound Ridge, NY in honor of their son, John Christophe, who was an engaged student writer.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is also sponsored by the Department of English and Jonathan Edwards College.

For more information, contact Susan Bianconi at susan.bianconi@yale.edu or 203-432-0499.

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