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This guide provides information about the 2010-11 common reader, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.
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Book Reviews

Zeitoun Vidoes

  • Muslim Public Affairs Council Foundation Media Awards
    The 19th annual Muslim Public Affairs Council Foundation Media Awards Gala will honor Pulitzer-nominated author DAVE EGGERS for his bestseller "Zeitoun" about a Muslim American family facing the fallout of Hurricane Katrina.

About the Author

Dave Eggers

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 Born in 1970 in Boston, MA; son of a lawyer and a schoolteacher. Education: Attended University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign; studied journalism and painting. 

Dave Eggers raised eyebrows with his presumptuously titled first book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, released in 2000. Even more astonishing that it was a memoir written by a relatively unknown author who was only 29 years old. However, it received an outpouring of acclaim, and those who had tracked Eggers's career to that point were not surprised. Formerly the editor of a sardonic periodical, he was lampooning traditional ego-driven autobiographers while also taking a self-effacing approach to his own life. The tale is based on his experiences of how he coped and managed to raise a younger brother after losing both his parents to cancer within roughly a month of each other. "It was so strange that it was inevitable that somebody would tell it," Eggers remarked to Melanie Rehak in Harper's Bazaar. "It started with the dying part and then it just kept going." Eggers also edits the whimsical literary journal and web site McSweeney's.


--"Dave Eggers." Newsmakers, Issue 3. Gale Group, 2001.
Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2010.

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Dave Eggers Links

  • Dave Eggers Interview on Goatmilk
    Wajahat Ali interviews Dave Eggers about Zeitoun.
  • Dave Eggers' Profile
    Dave Eggers' profile page on McSweeney's.
  • Eggers Accepts 2008 TED Prize
    Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, author Dave Eggers asks the TED community to personally, creatively engage with local public schools. With spellbinding eagerness, he talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring center inspired others around the world to open their own volunteer-driven, wildly creative writing labs. But you don't need to go that far, he reminds us -- it's as simple as asking a teacher "How can I help?"
  • Excerpts from an Interview with Eggers and Zeitoun
    Article and streaming audio related to radio interview of Abdulrahman Zeitoun and Dave Eggers.
  • Interview with Eggers on New Orleans radio.
    Best-selling author Dave Eggers' new book - "Zeitoun" - is the riveting true story of a well-known New Orleans painting contractor and his family - and the ordeal they endured during and after Katrina. WWNO's Fred Kasten picks up the story...
  • Salon Interview with Dave Eggers
    The literary star discusses the future of journalism, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and his new book.
  • 826 Valencia Writing Center
    Founded in 2002 by author Dave Eggers and educator NĂ­nive Calegari, 826 Valencia is dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their writing skills, and to helping teachers get their students excited about the writing. Our work is based on the understanding that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success and that great leaps in learning can be made when skilled tutors work one-on-one with students.

Zeitoun on Democracy Now!

Dave Eggers and Abdulrahman Zeitoun interviewed on the news program Democracy Now!


An Interview with Abdulrahman Zeitoun


Dave Eggers Reads


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