Dave Eggers is the author of "What is the What," a groundbreaking epic novel based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng who, along with thousands of other "Lost Boys," was forced to leave his village in Sudan at age seven and trek hundreds of miles to find freedom. The author of five books, Eggers is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house in San Francisco that publishes books, a quarterly literary journal, The Believer (a monthly magazine of essays and interviews), Wholphin (a short-film DVD quarterly) and a daily humor website.
Dave Eggers discusses his innovative writing and tutoring center for underserved students which he co-founded in 2002 as 826 Valencia. It has grown into 826 National, a family of seven centers across the country serving over 18,000 students. He also discusses the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, an organization founded by the main character of the book "What is The What" who was one of Lost Boys of Sudan that was eventually resettled in the United States. All of the proceeds of the book were given to the foundation, which just opened its first school, the Marial Bay Secondary School in Sudan.