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August 14, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
As a general rule, by the time August rolls around, publishers have announced all their fall books. But there are always exceptions to rules, and Dave Eggers is an exception. Eggers has a new novel, "The Circle," coming out in October, news of which was kept quiet until the N.Y. Times spotted it Tuesday. "Dave Eggers is perfecting the art of sneaking onto bookshelves," John Williams wrote , noting that Eggers' 2012 novel " A Hologram for the King " was published less than a month after it was announced by publishing house McSweeneys, which the author founded.
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December 1, 2013
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October 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
From "Brave New World" to "The Hunger Games," dystopian fiction generally presents a closed, ostensibly perfect society from the point of view of the outsider who doesn't fit in. The less-often told story is what it's like to be part of the crowd. Who accepts the words of the powerful? What kind of person would that be? Someone like Mae Holland, the main character in Dave Eggers' new near-future novel, "The Circle. " As a believer, her motivations are sometimes just beyond Eggers' reach; what's more important is the role she plays as a functionary in an online company ravenous for data, with ambitions for tracking people that could make the National Security Agency quail.
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October 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
From "Brave New World" to "The Hunger Games," dystopian fiction generally presents a closed, ostensibly perfect society from the point of view of the outsider who doesn't fit in. The less-often told story is what it's like to be part of the crowd. Who accepts the words of the powerful? What kind of person would that be? Someone like Mae Holland, the main character in Dave Eggers' new near-future novel, "The Circle. " As a believer, her motivations are sometimes just beyond Eggers' reach; what's more important is the role she plays as a functionary in an online company ravenous for data, with ambitions for tracking people that could make the National Security Agency quail.
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October 28, 2010
BOOKS Filmmaker Judd Apatow and writer and editor Dave Eggers team up to present a night of comedy and music to celebrate the release of Apatow's book, "I Found This Funny," which is an anthology of humor writing that Apatow curated. The book includes the writing of Steve Martin, Nora Ephron, David Sedaris and others. The night of entertainment includes appearances by the likes of Lindsey Buckingham, Randy Newman and Garry Shandling. Proceeds benefit 826LA, Eggers' tutoring and writing program.
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June 17, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
A Hologram for the King A Novel Dave Eggers McSweeney's: 328 pp., $25 More than any other writer of his generation, Dave Eggers is a brand. The 42-year-old author is accomplished in many fields - he's the founder of McSweeney's, a successful independent publishing house and innovative literary journal that grew out of a still-vital humor website. He's the head of the multi-city literacy nonprofit 826, which is partly supported by whimsical storefronts like the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store.
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April 26, 2003 | Renee Tawa, Times Staff Writer
Followers of best-selling writer Dave Eggers and his arch literary journal, "McSweeney's Quarterly," know what to expect with each issue: a signature piece of work. But at UCLA's Royce Hall on Thursday, fans had no idea how Eggers would conceptualize a show spinning off "McSweeney's" No. 6, a hardcover issue of the quarterly that includes a music CD.
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October 20, 2002 | Shawn Hubler, Times Staff Writer
This is Dave Eggers country. Two hundred people -- that's a mob for a literary reading -- packed the Berkeley bookstore where he debuted his new book this month. "Any of my old neighbors here?" he asked. Hands shot up. He smiled, dark eyes crinkling, dark hair so tightly curled it stood up. "He was darker when I knew him -- I mean inside," a gray-bearded man in the back murmured. At City Lights in North Beach, fans filled three rooms and a balcony.
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November 3, 2002
While I was glad to see an article about Dave Eggers' recent publishing endeavors ("Eggers' Trail of Broken Hearts," by Shawn Hubler, Oct. 20), I was strongly disappointed by the section about his sister. The discussion of her death was handled inappropriately and callously, including unnecessary details about the circumstances, apparently for sensational effect. The article addressed Mr. Eggers' professional efforts as a novelist, publisher and publicity-dodger; there was no need to dish out those painful, personal details.
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April 28, 2011
The annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has the sparkle of something new this time around — its venue. After 15 years at UCLA, the two-day festival has moved to USC. What remains constant are the oodles of authors, panels, readings, signings, cooking demos and plenty to interest young readers — not to mention dozens of exhibitor booths for publishers, bookstores, literary magazines and local organizations such as WriteGirl and 826LA....
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August 14, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
As a general rule, by the time August rolls around, publishers have announced all their fall books. But there are always exceptions to rules, and Dave Eggers is an exception. Eggers has a new novel, "The Circle," coming out in October, news of which was kept quiet until the N.Y. Times spotted it Tuesday. "Dave Eggers is perfecting the art of sneaking onto bookshelves," John Williams wrote , noting that Eggers' 2012 novel " A Hologram for the King " was published less than a month after it was announced by publishing house McSweeneys, which the author founded.
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December 16, 2012 | By Irene Lacher
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon ("The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay") reflected on 2012's cultural highlights and currents in a conversation from his home in Berkeley. What were your favorite books this year? I really loved my friend Dave Eggers' latest book, "A Hologram for the King. " That was probably my favorite of all the new books that I read. He's written some incredible works of imaginative projection in his last couple of books. Very impressive works, but they're pretty serious.
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June 17, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
A Hologram for the King A Novel Dave Eggers McSweeney's: 328 pp., $25 More than any other writer of his generation, Dave Eggers is a brand. The 42-year-old author is accomplished in many fields - he's the founder of McSweeney's, a successful independent publishing house and innovative literary journal that grew out of a still-vital humor website. He's the head of the multi-city literacy nonprofit 826, which is partly supported by whimsical storefronts like the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store.
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May 2, 2011
Poets read to rapt audiences, and authors of fiction tried to explain the creative process. Celebrity chefs lured big crowds to sit under a hot sun, and mystery writers answered questions in SRO auditoriums. There was something for almost everyone at the 16th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, held this past weekend on the USC campus. What follows is a sampling of reports on the festival from the Jacket Copy blog. Meeting Ginsberg Before she read a section from "Just Kids," punk poetess Patti Smith set up the audience to laugh.
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April 28, 2011
The annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has the sparkle of something new this time around — its venue. After 15 years at UCLA, the two-day festival has moved to USC. What remains constant are the oodles of authors, panels, readings, signings, cooking demos and plenty to interest young readers — not to mention dozens of exhibitor booths for publishers, bookstores, literary magazines and local organizations such as WriteGirl and 826LA....
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October 28, 2010
BOOKS Filmmaker Judd Apatow and writer and editor Dave Eggers team up to present a night of comedy and music to celebrate the release of Apatow's book, "I Found This Funny," which is an anthology of humor writing that Apatow curated. The book includes the writing of Steve Martin, Nora Ephron, David Sedaris and others. The night of entertainment includes appearances by the likes of Lindsey Buckingham, Randy Newman and Garry Shandling. Proceeds benefit 826LA, Eggers' tutoring and writing program.
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September 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
PITTSBURGH -- A San Francisco author who has nurtured young writers and a doctor who has pushed nations to share disease information in hopes of combating illness were among six people named Heinz Award winners on Wednesday. The annual $250,000 prize is given to people who make notable contributions in the arts and humanities, the environment, the human condition, public policy, technology, the economy and employment.
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December 16, 2012 | By Irene Lacher
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon ("The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay") reflected on 2012's cultural highlights and currents in a conversation from his home in Berkeley. What were your favorite books this year? I really loved my friend Dave Eggers' latest book, "A Hologram for the King. " That was probably my favorite of all the new books that I read. He's written some incredible works of imaginative projection in his last couple of books. Very impressive works, but they're pretty serious.
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October 27, 2010 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Filmmaker Judd Apatow and author Dave Eggers seem an unlikely pairing ? one is an A-list, broad comedy writer-director-producer prone to fart jokes and penis cameos ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express" are among Apatow's hugely successful credits); the other is a somewhat headier literary hipster who has penned an acclaimed memoir, several novels and just enough screenplays to earn some Hollywood cred (Eggers wrote "Where the Wild Things Are" and co-wrote, with his wife, Vendela Vida, "Away We Go")
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April 24, 2010 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Rafael Yglesias took the top fiction honor Friday at the 30th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes for his novel "A Happy Marriage," while Dave Eggers won the current interest award for "Zeitoun," about a Syrian immigrant swept up in the chaos of post-Katrina New Orleans. Eggers also won The Times' first Innovators Award. He leads McSweeney's, which publishes books, magazines and a "shape-shifting quarterly journal." He also founded 826 literacy centers, which help at-risk children engage with the written word.
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