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Eggers's first book was a memoir (with fictionalized elements), A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000). It focuses on the author's struggle to raise his younger brother in San Francisco following the sudden deaths of his parents. The book quickly became a bestseller, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. The novel was praised for its original, idiosyncratic self-referencing, and for several original stylistic elements. Some editions were published with a lengthy, apologetic postscript entitled "Mistakes We Knew We Were Making". In 2002 he published his first novel, You Shall Know Our Velocity. An expanded and revised version was released as Sacrament in 2003 and then retitled You Shall Know Our Velocity for its Vintage imprint distribution. He has since also published a collection of short stories, How We Are Hungry.
Eggers is the founder of McSweeney's, a quarterly literary journal, and a small, independent publisher of the same name. other McSweeney's collections, including The Future Dictionary of America. With his younger brother Toph, Eggers has published a pair of "educational" books for children under the name Dr. and Mr. Haggis-On-Whey.
Eggers currently teaches writing in San Francisco at 826 Valencia. [from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Eggers, accessed 2-9-06]