Each academic year, Southwestern University hosts a prominent guest for the Writer’s Voice lecture series. This year’s special guest will be novelist Dave Eggers. Eggers’ public lecture on campus
will take place the evening of Nov. 1 in the Alma Thomas Theater. After the lecture he will be available to sign books and to talk to attendees. Eggers will also meet with certain classes, attend a
lunch with students, and be interviewed by a student.
A copy of all of Eggers’ books are available in the library’s Literary Societies Alcove. Eggers’ most recent book, “Zeitoun”, is based on a true story of a family caught between the disasters
of the war on terrorism and Hurricane Katrina.
“Anyone who cares about America, where it is going and where it almost went… will want to read this
thrilling, heartbreaking, wonderful book,” The “Chicago Sun-Times” said.
“What is the What” is an additional acclaimed work of Eggers.
“I will not wait to love as best as I can. We thought we were young and that there would be time to love well sometime in the future. This is a terrible way to think. It is no way to live, to wait
to love,” Dave Eggers said in “What is the What”.
With an impressive and extensive resume, Eggers is an author of six books, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a founder and editor of an independent publishing house, a co-founder of a nonprofit
writing and tutoring center for youth, and a screen writer for the movies “Away We Go” and “Where the Wild Things Are”.
Eggers is also a passionate activist. He established 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth. Beginning in San Francisco where Eggers now lives, 826 Valencia has
expanded to communities such as Boston, Chicago, and New York City.
He also developed a website, ScholarMatch.org, for scholarship donations to students who are in need of financial assistance. For his extensive efforts in education, Eggers was awarded the TED Prize in 2008.
Clearly there are many reasons why Dave Eggers was chosen to be this year’s Writers Voice and many reasons why students should take advantage of this opportunity.