November 10, 2010 6:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public – seats available on first-come, first-served basis
Award-winning author Dave Eggers will discuss his recent book Zeitoun.
Zeitoun tells the true story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian immigrant living in New Orleans who stayed behind during Hurricane Katrina, and the harrowing ordeal he and his family endured in its wake. All profits from the sale of Zeitoun go towards supporting the Zeitoun Foundation, which was formed in 2009 by Eggers and the Zeitoun family. The foundation awards grants to help rebuild the city and to promote human rights.
Eggers is a writer, editor, publisher, screenwriter and philanthropist. In recent years, he has earned a reputation for channeling his prodigious literary talents into humanitarian causes such as rebuilding New Orleans. Eggers is also the founder and editor of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco and co-founder of 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for young people in San Francisco. There are now 826 centers in major cities across the country. With Dr. Lola Vollen, Eggers also co-founded Voice of Witness, a series of books using oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world.