Dave Eggers to Attend 25th-Annual Sun Valley Writers' Conference 

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For the 25th anniversary of the annual Sun Valley Writers' Conference, organizers have pulled out all the stops, bringing to town none other than novelist Dave Eggers.

The four-day literary event takes place Saturday-Tuesday, July 20-23, and includes talks from some of the biggest names in literature: novelist and essayist Martin Amis, Brookings Senior Fellow and The Jungle Grows Back-author Robert Kagan, Song of Achilles and Circe author (and upcoming speaker at The Cabin's Readings & Conversations Series) Madeline Miller and many others.

Dave Eggers will give a talk on Tuesday, July 23, entitled "Word and Deed" on the Sun Valley Pavilion stage from noon-1 p.m.

He is the celebrated author of many books, including his most recent novel, The Paradeand. Other titles include The Circle, A Hologram for the King, What is the What (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award and winner of France's Prix Medicis Etranger), and his popular memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.

Eggers is also the founder of McSweeney's Publishing and cofounder of Voice of Witness, a book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises. In 2002, he cofounded 826 Valencia, a youth writing center with a pirate-supply storefront, which has inspired similar programs around the world. ScholarMatch, now 10 years old, connects donors with students to make college more accessible. In 2018, he cofounded the International Congress of Youth Voices, a global gathering of writers and activists under 20.

With a wide array of topics covered in his novels—technological privacy, modern migration and more—his talk is much-anticipated.

"Back in 2000, Dave Eggers stood on the SVWC stage, just months after he had published his groundbreaking memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," said SVWC Executive Director Robin Eidsmo. "Widely admired for his work as a writer, editor and publisher, and for his philanthropic contributions to literacy and human rights, we can think of no better gift for our audience than to welcome Dave and his wife, the writer Vendela Vida, back to Sun Valley to celebrate our 25th anniversary."

—Hayden Seder


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