Dave Eggers Biography

Dave Eggers is an American writer, editor, publisher and philanthropist. Go through this biography to learn more about his childhood, life and timeline.

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Birthday: March 12, 1970

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Dave Eggers Philanthropists

Age: 50 Years, 50 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Pisces

Born in: Chicago

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Vendela Vida

father: John K. Eggers

mother: Heidi McSweeney Eggers

siblings: Beth Eggers, Christopher Eggers, William (Bill) Eggers

children: October Adelaide Eggers Vida

City: Chicago, Illinois

U.S. State: Illinois

Founder/Co-Founder: McSweeney's, 826 Valencia, ScholarMatch

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education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

awards: 2000 - Time Best Book of the Year
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
2000 - Washington Post Best Book of the Year

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

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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.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • 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.
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  • 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’.
  • This American writer and publisher has also designed album art for ‘Yelling at the Sun’ and ‘Vheissu’.

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