Dave Eggers: "The Lifters" And The International Congress of Youth Voices | WAMC

Dave Eggers: "The Lifters" And The International Congress of Youth Voices

Aug 7, 2018

Dave Eggers is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing ("McSweeney's Quarterly Concern"), and a monthly magazine, "The Believer." McSweeney's also publishes "Voice of Witness," a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Eggers is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization that connects students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible. He is the author of ten books including "A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius: A Memoir Based on a True Story."

His latest book is "The Lifters." When Gran and his family move to Carousel, he has no idea that the town is built atop a secret. Little does he suspect, as he walks his sister to school or casually eats a banana, that mysterious forces lurk mere inches beneath his feet, tearing up the earth like mini-hurricanes and causing the town to slowly but surely sink.

*Dave Eggers and Joe Donahue talk about The International Congress of Youth Voices gathering in San Francisco, California as though it is in the future. This interview is recorded and the event took place last weekend - August 3-5th.