Memphis Reads Announces Featured Author for 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 19, 2015) The City’s largest book club Memphis Reads welcomes noted author and entrepreneur Dave Eggers as this year’s featured guest and speaker. He will meet and greet book lovers at the upcoming program detailed below. Mark your calendar today for this exciting event!

WHAT: Memphis Reads 2015
WHEN: Thursday, November 5, 2015
WHERE: Creative Arts Building (2375 Tiger Lane South, Memphis, TN 38104)

WHO: The Memphis Public Library & Information Center, Christian Brothers University, City of Memphis, Friends of the Library, Shelby County Schools, Facing History and Ourselves, Rhodes College, The Univerity of Memphis, and Southwest Tennessee Community College (Sponsored by International Paper)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: To promote literacy and learning, each year Memphis Reads hosts a citywide community read in October, culminating in a book talk with an award-winning author and featured guest. Dave Eggers has penned more than 20 books like A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000), You Shall Know Our Velocity (2002), How We Are Hungry (2004), and several others. Founder of independent book publishing house McSweeney’s, Eggers is known for his work as an editor of The Best American Nonrequired Reading series and co-editor of the Voice of Witness series of oral histories. With a heart for youth and education, he opened a writing lab for teens and young adults called 826 Valencia, which has expanded to more than 800 locations in major U.S. cities. In addition, Eggers co-wrote the book Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers, a comprehensive look at America’s classrooms through the eyes of hundreds of educators.

Dave Eggers will visit Memphis for a free talk and book signing on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the Creative Arts Building (2375 Tiger Lane South). Also, he will visit Shelby County Schools on Friday, November 6 to talk to students and local educators. Additional details are forthcoming.

To prepare for this exciting event, Memphians of all ages are encouraged to read this year’s featured book written by Eggers. The book title will be announced at a special Memphis Reads Kickoff

Celebration at Central Library on Friday, September 25, 2015. In book club fashion, Eggers enthusiasts will read the book during the month of October to discuss at the November events.

“By reading one book, Memphians can find a common ground despite their class, race, educational, or economic differences,” explained Christian Brothers University Associate Professor and program organizer Dr. Karen B. Golightly. “The goal of Memphis Reads is to build our community one book at a time.”