Eggers announced as spring keynote speaker

Posted by Max Siegelbaum

On March 21, tickets will go on sale for the Speakers Bureau spring keynote address, "A Conversation With Dave Eggers." The event will be held at 8 p.m. on March 28 in the Arthur Zankel Music Center.

Eggers, renowned for his New York Times best selling memoir, "A Heart Breaking Work of Staggering Genius," is an accomplished author with several published full length novels and a catalog of short stories.

Eggers also co-wrote the screenplay for the popular 2009 film "Where the Wild Things Are."

Eggers is also the co-founder of 826 Valencia, a non-profit organization that serves as a writing and tutoring center for kids in urban areas.

The keynote address will be presented in the form of a conversation between Eggers and professor Flagg Taylor, a childhood friend of the author.

Speakers Bureau president Alexandra Steinhauer '13 said the committee chose between several potential speakers. The possibilities included Billy Collins, a former poet laureate, Maulik Pancholy, an actor who has appeared on the television shows Weeds and 30 Rock, and the New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz.

Ultimately, the committee decided Eggers would attract the most students because of the popularity of his work, Steinhauer said.

Steinhauer also said Eggers has expressed an interest in attending classes on campus prior to his address.

"His favorite part about giving talks is interacting with the students. After the conversation there will an open meeting where students will be encouraged to approach him," Steinhauer said.

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