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Dave Eggers (born March 12, 1970) is an American writer, editor, and publisher.
He is the husband of writer Vendela Vida, with whom he has two children.
He wrote A Heartbreaking Genius, the best-selling memoir.
Eggers is also the founder of McSweeney's, a literary journal, a co-founder of the literacy campaign 826 Valencia and the human rights group Voice of Witness, and the creator of ScholarMatch, a service that matches donors with students needing funds for college tuition.
His writing has appeared in various journals.
Early life and education
Eggers was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and was one of four siblings. John K. Eggers (1936–1991) was an attorney, while Heidi McSweeney Eggers (1940–1992), a school counselor, was a school teacher. His father was Protestant, and his mother was Catholic. The family moved to Lake Forest, Illinois, where he attended public high school and was a classmate of actor Vince Vaughn when Eggers was a child. William D. Eggers, the egger's elder brother, has served for several conservative think tanks, and he has done study on privatization. Beth Eggers' sister died of suicide in November 2001. During a 2002 fan interview for McSweeney, Eggers briefly discussed his sister's death.
Eggers at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, intending to obtain a degree in journalism. However, his studies were interrupted by the deaths of both of his parents, his father in 1991 from brain and lung cancer, and his mother in January 1992 from stomach cancer. These events were chronicled in his first book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Eggers were 21 years old at the time, and Christopher ("Toph"), his younger sibling, was 8 years old. William and Beth, the two elder siblings, were unable to commit to caring for Toph; his oldest sibling, William, had a full time job, and Beth, his next-oldest sibling, was enrolled in law school. Eggers were held accountable as a result. He and his partner, Kirsten, and his brother all migrated to Berkeley, California, after leaving the University of Illinois. They first moved in with Beth and her roommate, Eggers' sibling, but they later discovered a home in another part of town with money left to them by their parents. Toph attended a small private school, and Eggers did temp work and freelance graphic design for a local newspaper.
Eggers took over a local free newspaper called Cups after his brother David Moodie died. This gradually developed to Might, a satirical newspaper.
Eggers is a writer who lives in the San Francisco Bay area and is married to Vendela Vida. The couple have two children. Vida and Eggers met in 1998 in San Francisco at a wedding and began dating in 1999.
He was one of three finalists for the 2008 TED Prize in 2008. He wanted to encourage community members to engage with local public schools through a TED Award. By the same year, he was named one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World" by Utne Reader.