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"Connie complained about the quality of the prewedding music (Mark Isham, she guessed, with a sniff)." --A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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Dave Eggers (born March 12, 1970) is an American writer, editor, and publisher. He is married to writer Vendela Vida with whom he has two children. He wrote the best-selling memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Eggers is also the founder of McSweeney's, a literary journal, a co-founder of the literacy project 826 Valencia and the human rights nonprofit Voice of Witness, and the founder of ScholarMatch, a program that matches donors with students needing funds for college tuition. His writing has appeared in several magazines.




Short stories


  • Jokes Told in Heaven About Babies (2003), as Lucy Thomas, collection
  • How We Are Hungry (2004), collection of 15 short stories:
    "Another", "What It Means When a Crowd in a Faraway Nation Takes a Soldier Representing Your Own Nation, Shoots Him, Drags Him from His Vehicle and Then Mutilates Him in the Dust", "The Only Meaning of the Oil-Wet Water", "On Wanting to Have Three Walls up Before She Gets Home", "Climbing to the Window, Pretending to Dance", "She Waits, Seething, Blooming", "Quiet", "Your Mother and I", "Naveed", "Notes for a Story of a Man Who Will Not Die Alone", "About the Man Who Began Flying After Meeting Her", "Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly", "There Are Some Things He Should Keep to Himself", "When They Learned to Yelp", "After I Was Thrown in the River and Before I Drowned"
  • Short Short Stories (2005), part of the Pocket Penguins series, collection of 24 short stories:
    "You Know How to Spell Elijah", "This Certain Song", "What the Water Feels Like to the Fishes", "The Weird Wife", "This Flight Attendant (Gary, Is It?) Is On Fire!", "True Story - 1986 - Midwest - USA - Tuesday", "It is Finally Time to Tell the Story", "A Circle Like Some Circles", "On Making Someone a Good Man By Calling Him a Good Man", "The Definition of Reg", "How Long It Took", "She Needed More Nuance", "The Heat and Eduardo, Part I", "Of Gretchen and de Gaulle", "The Heat and Eduardo, Part II", "Sleep to Dreamier Sleep Be Wed", "On Seeing Bob Balaban in Person Twice in One Week", "When He Started Saying 'I Appreciate It' After 'Thank You'", "You'll Have to Save That For Another Time", "Woman, Foghorn", "How Do Koreans Feel About the Germans?", "Georgia is Lost", "They Decide To Have No More Death", "Roderick Hopes"
  • How the Water Feels to the Fishes (2007), part of One Hundred and Forty-Five Stories in a Small Box, collection of 31 short stories:
    "Once a year", "Accident", "Old enough", "She needs a new journal", "Sooner", "The commercials of Norway", "Lily", "The boy they didn't take pictures of", "The fights not fought", "The horror", "How the water feels to the fishes", "How to do it", "Go-getters", "Deeper", "The battle between", "There are different kinds", "Alberto", "You still know that boy", "No safe harbor", "The bounty", "On making him a good man calling him a good man", "Thoughtful that way", "We can work it out", "No one knows", "The island from the window", "The anger of the horses", "California moved west", "How the air feels to the birds", "The man who", "Older than", "Steve again"

Uncollected short stories:

  • "The Man At The River" (2013)
  • "We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better" (2013)
  • "The Alaska of Giants and Gods" (2014)
  • "Understanding the Sky" (2015)

Children's books

The Haggis-on-Whey World of Unbelievable Brilliance series (as "Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey", with Christopher Eggers, picture books):

  1. Giraffes? Giraffes! (2003)
  2. Your Disgusting Head (2001)
  3. Animals of the Ocean, in Particular the Giant Squid (2006)
  4. Cold Fusion (2008)
  5. Children and the Tundra (2010)


  • When Marlana Pulled a Thread (2011), picture book
  • The Bridge Will Not Be Gray (2015), with illustrations by Tucker Nichols, picture book
  • Her Right Foot (2017), with illustrations by Shawn Harris, picture book
  • The Lifters (2018)
  • What Can a Citizen Do? (2018), with illustrations by Shawn Harris, picture book
  • Abner & Ian Get Right-Side Up (2019), with illustrations by Laura Park, picture book
  • Most of the Better Natural Things in the World (2019), with illustrations by Angel Chang, picture book
  • Tomorrow Most Likely (2019), with illustrations by Lane Smith, picture book


Works edited and prefaced

  • Drama in the Desert: The Sights and Sounds of Burning Man (Template:ISBN) (Eggers wrote the foreword) (2002)
  • Surviving Justice: America's Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated (co-compiled with Lola Vollen; with an introduction by Scott Turow) (2005)
  • Stories Upon Stories (2016), anthology of short stories, editor and contributor
  • Some Recollections from a Busy Life: The Forgotten Story of the Real Town of Hollister, California by T.S. Hawkins (2016) (Eggers provides the introduction to a reprint of an autobiography by his great, great grandfather originally published in 1913)


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