Dave Eggers, powerhouse of literary innovation

Dave Eggers is a major American writer, editor, publisher and social activist. He burst onto the literary scene in 2000 with his memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which tells the story of the twenty-something Eggers raising his eight-year-old brother after the death of their parents.


Dave Eggers (photo by Michelle Quint)

He has since published seven novels, including The Circle (2013), and a number of nonfiction works, gaining wide critical acclaim for his innovative and stylistic talent. Eggers founded the hugely successful publishing house McSweeney’s, and the nonprofit organization 826 Valencia, which nurtures literacy and writing skills among underprivileged children.

From the high­-tech palaces of contemporary Saudi Arabia in A Hologram for the King (2012) to the cubicles of a fictional Internet company in The Circle (2013), Eggers never fails to find surprising and intriguing insights into contemporary society and its anxieties.

In his latest novel, Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? (2014), he recounts the story of a troubled man in his thirties haunted by the death of his friend in a police shooting. In order to find answers to the questions tormenting him, he kidnaps seven people and holds them hostage at a deserted military base.

Time magazine wrote that “many writers, having written a first best­seller, might see it as a nice way to start a career. [Eggers] started a movement instead.” We are thrilled to welcome him in Reykjavík in September, and we can’t wait to hear about the next incredible adventure in store for his readers.

Panel: Evening with Dave Eggers