Dave Eggers

A medium-shifting polymath, Dave Eggers is widely known for his fiction and non-fiction, but he is or has been, among other things, a screenwriter, editor, publisher and educator. During his college years, Eggers' life ... Read more »
Born: 03/11/1970 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Writer (4)

A Hologram for the King 2014 (Movie)

(from novel: "A Hologram for the King") (Source Material)

Promised Land 2012 (Movie)

(Story By)

American Teacher 2011 (Movie)

(Based on the book: "Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers") (Source Material)

Away We Go 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

American Teacher 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A medium-shifting polymath, Dave Eggers is widely known for his fiction and non-fiction, but he is or has been, among other things, a screenwriter, editor, publisher and educator. During his college years, Eggers' life was upended when his parents both died within months of each other, leaving him to be the main caregiver for his younger brother while kick-starting his writing career. After founding the influential publishing house McSweeney's, he turned his unusual circumstances into the basis of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000), which made him a literary star. Although his subsequent writing endeavors, usually offbeat to varying degrees, weren't met with the same rapturous acclaim, he kept busy with numerous McSweeney's projects and setting up 826 Valencia, a youth-focused nonprofit education organization. He came back into the spotlight with 2009's Zeitoun, a non-fiction book involving Hurricane Katrina. The same year, his earliest screenwriting efforts found their way to the screen in the form of the indie dramedy "Away We Go" and "Where the Wild Things Are," Spike Jonze's pensive and moody riff on the illustrated classic. Continuing to reliably offer up new works, Eggers seemed intent on undercutting the notion of a straightforward literary career.

Relationships

Toph Eggers

Brother

Vendela Vida Screenplay

Wife

EDUCATION

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Studies interrupted by parents' deaths

Milestones

2012

Published A Hologram for the King

2009

Premiere of "Away We Go," co-written with wife Vendela Vida

2009

"Where the Wild Things Are" arrived in theaters

2009

Published Zeitoun

2006

Released What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng

2003

Founded The Believer magazine

2002

Established the non-profit 826 Valencia

2000

Published A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

1998

Founded the literary magazine Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern

Bonus Trivia

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Eggers' involvement with the movie "Where the Wild Things Are" spanned more than four years.

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"The kids we work with at 826 read more than I did at their age. They seem to have all read every Lemony Snicket book, every Harry Potter, every series you can think of. And these are kids from families where English isn't spoken much at home, kids at underfunded public schools. So I don't have much fear of the demise of books. Kids now treasure them for the same reasons we always have—because no medium can remotely compete with the power of a book." - from Mother Jones, March/April 2009

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"These days, I don't have any nonfiction planned. Writing fiction is far more liberating and enjoyable on a daily basis. But I came up as a journalist, and my education was as a journalist, so research, and trying to tell a story that might have an impact – those things will likely always be part of the mix." - from The Guardian, Jan. 26, 2013

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