McSweeney's Issue 63 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern)
April 08, 2021
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About the Author
Dave Eggers is the bestselling author of seven books, including A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award; Zeitoun, winner of the American Book Award and Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and What Is the What, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won France's Prix Medici. That book, about Valentino Achak Deng, a survivor of the civil war in Sudan, gave birth to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, which operates a secondary school in South Sudan run by Mr. Deng. Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco that produces a quarterly journal, a monthly magazine, The Believer: , a quarterly DVD of short films and documentaries, Wholphin, and an oral history series, Voice of Witness. In 2002, with Nínive Calegari he cofounded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco. Local communities have since opened sister 826 centers in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Eggers is also the founder of ScholarMatch, a program that matches donors with students needing funds for college tuition. A native of Chicago, Eggers now lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.
Stephen Dixon was born in 1936 in New York City. He is the author of more than thirty books, including, most recently, DEAR ABIGAIL AND OTHER STORIES (Trnsfr Books, 2019), BEATRICE (Publishing Genius Press, 2016), Letters to Kevin, and Writing, Written. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy Institute of Arts and Letters Prize for Fiction, as well as several O. Henry Awards and Pushcart Prizes. He is also a two-time finalist for the National Book Award, for Frog (British American Publishing, 1991) and Interstate (Henry Holt, 1995).Retired from teaching in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, he lives in Ruxton, Maryland.