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National Book Festival

The author of the best-selling memoir "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" is also the founder of the literacy project called 826 Valencia, named after its address in San Francisco. "A Heartbreaking Work" is the story of the author's struggle to raise his younger brother in San Francisco following the deaths of both of their parents. The nonfiction "Zeitoun" (Random House) tells the journey of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the Syrian-American owner of a painting and contracting company in New Orleans who decided not to leave the city in the path of Hurricane Katrina. Zeitoun traveled the flooded city in a secondhand canoe, rescuing neighbors, caring for abandoned pets and distributing fresh water.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Dave Eggers