Dave Eggers (born in 1970) is an American writer. His first book was a memoir of his parents' death, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000). His first (and so far only) novel is You Shall Know Our Velocity (2002). He was a "a poorly paid Salon editor" and founding editor of Might magazine. He is currently the editor of McSweeney's, a quarterly literary journal, Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency (http://www.mcsweeneys.net/), an affiliated website, and is currently serializing his next novel (http://www.salon.com/books/eggers/), about "the American political circus", on Salon.com.
Eggers is most closely identified with the literary scene in San Francisco, where he lives. He started 826 Valencia, San Francisco's only independent pirate supply store (http://www.826valencia.org/store/) (a front for a writing workshop (http://www.826valencia.org/) for students).
Eggers grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.