Dave Eggers is the author of three previous books: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, You Shall Know Our Velocity!, and How We are Hungry. He is the founder of McSweeney's, a magazine and book-publishing company, and is co-founder of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for young people. As a journalist, his work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, and the Believer. In 2004 he co-taught a class at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, out of which grew the Voice of Witness series of books, designed to illuminate contemporary human crises through oral history. The first in the series, Surviving Justice: America's Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated, was published in 2005. Voices from the Storm, about the residents of New Orleans who survived Hurricane Katrina, was published in the fall of 2006. Eggers lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and daughter.