We regret that Zadie Smith has cancelled her January 16 appearance. Her doctor has advised that she not travel in the last months of her pregnancy. If you are holding tickets for the Zadie Smith & Dave Eggers program, they are valid for the January 16 program with Dave Eggers & Kevin Powers. If you would like to exchange your tickets for another upcoming CA&L program, return your tickets for a tax-deductible donation to CA&L, or request a refund, please call City Box Office (415-392-4400) by December 14.
Dave Eggers is the author of six books, including Zeitoun, What Is the What, and You Shall Know Our Velocity. In 2000, Eggers made his literary debut with his memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. The deeply personal story of family tragedy, post-adolescent ennui, and generational identity was critically praised and enormously popular. His most recent book, A Hologram for the King, about outsourcing and middle-class struggles, features Eggers’ remarkable talents for story telling, humor, and allegory. Eggers is founder and editor of McSweeney’s and co-founder of 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth started in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2002 now with branches in over seven cities nationwide.
Kevin Powers joined the army at the age of 17, later serving a year as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar, Iraq, in 2004 and 2005. After his honorable discharge he enrolled in Virginia Commonwealth University and later earned an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. His first novel, The Yellow Birds, was nominated for a 2012 National Book Award. Called “brilliantly observed and deeply affecting” by The New York Times, the novel tells the story of a young soldier coming of age on the battlefield in Iraq. It is a story of loss of innocence, friendship, and the immeasurable cost of war.