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IU Arts & Humanities Council
An Evening with Dave Eggers
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:00PM

Buskirk-Chumley Theater
114 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including The Circle, The Monk of Mokha, What Is the What, A Hologram for the King, and The Lifters.

He is founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a humor website, and a journal of new writing, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern. McSweeney's also publishes Voices of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world.

Eggers is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of youth writing and tutoring centers around the United States. Numerous other organizations worldwide operate with inspiration from the 826 National model. Realizing the need for greater college access for low-income students, Eggers founded ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools, and donors to make college possible.

Eggers' novel What Is the What, about the life of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee from civil war in South Sudan, gave birth to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, run by Mr. Deng. VADF operates secondary schools in South Sudan.

Eggers' books for young readers include What Can a Citizen Do?, Her Right Foot, This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, and The Wild Things, among others.

Trained as a painter, Eggers' artworks have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Nevada Museum of Art, the Biennial of the Americas, and numerous other galleries and art spaces. Eggers is a recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education, the Dayton Literacy Peace Prize, the TED Prize, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

In 2018, Eggers co-founded The International Congress of Youth Voices, an annual gathering of 100 extraordinary young writers and activists; their landmar meeting in San Francisco resulted in a youth-written manifesto published by The Guardian.

He lives with his family in Northern California. They have no significant pets.

This event is part of the IU Arts and Humanities Council's 2019 festival, Granfalloon: A Kurt Vonnegut Convergence.

Doors for this general admission event will open at 6:30pm. The talk is expected to last roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes. Afterwards, Dave Eggers will be signing copies of his book, which will be available for sale before and after the show.