Thursday, Apr. 01, 2010

Dave Eggers

Age: 40
Occupation: Writer
Previous TIME 100 Appearances: 1

Eggers has written several acclaimed novels, including two tender narratives about the Lost Boys of Sudan (What Is the What) and a survivor of Hurricane Katrina (Zeitoun), but his literary machine covers far wider terrain: he also strives to further the written word through his independent publishing house, McSweeney's, and 826 Valencia, a nonprofit tutoring center for children. In the age of monolithic publishing houses, million-dollar book deals and digital e-readers, Eggers proves that sometimes the best part about reading is simply the words.