Dave Eggers is the author of What Is the What, The Circle, the National Book Award-nominated A Hologram for the King, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoir of death and adoption. He is also founder of the independent publishing company McSweeney’s, its eponymous magazine, the periodical The Believer, and the nonprofits Voice of Witness, 826 National, and ScholarMatch. The titular “monk” of Eggers’s latest book, Mokhtar Alkhanshali is the San Francisco-raised son of Yemeni immigrants. A coffee fanatic and cultivator, he returned to his native land in 2015 to learn more about its historical connection to coffee just as civil war was brewing. This true story follows his incredible journey from California to coffee to chaos.
Natalie Cohn Memorial Lecture