Announcing ‘Courage in Media’ Award Recipient: Author & Activist Dave Eggers

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Writer Shares Story of a Muslim American Hero

(Oct 30, 2009 - ANAHEIM, CA) 

Dave Eggers is the author of six previous books, including his most recent, Zeitoun, a nonfiction account of a Syrian-American immigrant and his extraordinary experience during Hurricane Katrina and What Is the What, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award. That book, about Valentino Achak Deng, a survivor of the civil war in southern Sudan, gave birth to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, run by Mr. Deng and dedicated to building secondary schools in southern Sudan.

SEE: A Muslim American Hero: A Conversation with Dave Eggers on “Zeitoun”

Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco that produces a quarterly journal, a monthly magazine (The Believer), and Wholphin, a quarterly DVD of short films and documentaries.

In 2002, with Nínive Calegari, he co-founded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco. Local communities have since opened sister 826 centers in Chicago, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Ann Arbor, Seattle, and Boston.

In 2004, Eggers taught at the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and there, with Dr. Lola Vollen, he co-founded Voice of Witness, a series of books using oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world.

A native of Chicago, Eggers graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.

His awards include:

1. National Magazine Award for Fiction finalist, 2004, “The Only Meaning of the Oil-Wet Water” (Zoetrope: All-Story, Summer 2003)
2. Independent Book Award, 2003, You Shall Know Our Velocity!
3. Pulitzer Prize finalist, 2001, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Eggers also co-wrote the script of the latest box office hit, “Where the Wild Things Are” - based on a 1963 children’s classic book, “Where the Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak. 

SEE: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ (Official Trailer)

Eggers will speak at CAIR’s 13th Annual Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Additionally, keynote speeches will be delivered by Dr. Sherman Jackson, professor of Arabic & Islamic Studies and visiting professor of law - University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; North Carolina Senator and CAIR National Board Chairman Larry Shaw; and Shaikh Alauddin El-Bakri, Imam of Saratoga mosque and co-founder of Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) and editor of IQRA.

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