It’s a literary vaudeville show featuring Dave Eggers
A witty and dazzling literary cabaret featuring a sizzling international line-up of performers, including bestselling author Dave Eggers.
Packed with authors, poets, musicians and performers from the Brisbane Writers Festival program, the Literary Vaudeville Show is a fertile monument to the seductive nature of language.
The Literary Vaudeville Show will be awesome! And you know how much we love Brisbane Powerhouse! Be quick! BOOK ONLINE
Join us for a special evening with some of the world’s best literary raconteurs including Dave Eggers, Warsan Shire, Willy Vlautin, Hinemoana Baker, Simon Armitage, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Samuel Wagan Watson and a pop-up McSweeney’s bookstore. No applause, just throw money!
Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including most recently Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine, The Believer. McSweeney’s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Eggers is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible. He lives in Northern California with his family.
“Many writers, having written a first best-seller, might see it as a nice way to start a career. He started a movement instead.” — Time
If you haven’t taken the time since 2008 to listen to Dave’s TED prize wish (I know, I’ve been busy too), Once Upon A School, stop for 25 minutes now and watch this. No, really. Stop whatever it is you’re doing right now. Watch it.
I’ve just finished listening to Dion Graham read Dave Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, and I’m exhausted! This was truly an exhausting listen, over several weeks, in short spurts in between everything else happening in life. I love the lengthy sentences, the attention to some intricate detail, the disregard for some other detail, the lively dialogue, definitive statements about life, death and parenting, and the story itself, a memoir that topped national best-seller lists and has since become a staple for summer reading and book clubs. A compelling voice for Generation X, Eggers hererecounts his early 20s, caring for his younger brother after their parents’ unexpected deaths and his endeavors in a variety of media. I now feel like reading it for myself – there’s something about devouring words on a page rather than multi-tasking, taking in only so much, as you’re listening to an Audible book – but still, I need time to recover so I’m listening to Juliet Stevenson read Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things. Needless to say, this is a welcome change of mood!
Now I’m curious. How do you keep up with your books? Do you like Audible, digital or the real thing with its pages?
“There are a lot of choices out there, a lot of ways to read, and if we in the print business want to survive, we have to make print an entirely different experience from reading digitally. So at McSweeney’s, after we spend a year or so working on a book, making the text as perfect as we can, then we try to invest in the craft of the book, the feel and heft and beauty of the object itself,” he says. “I really think people like beautiful things, and there’s nothing more beautiful than a well-written book printed and bound and covered with care.”
Sadly, I’ll miss the Opening Address on Thursday September 4 (seriously, I’m sorry; I’m triple-booked, but I’ll be at #BWF14 from Friday – Sunday so make sure you’re following XS Entertainment as well as Brisbane Writers Festival on Twitter and Instagram). If you can get there on Thursday to hear Dave Eggers speak, or join us on Friday at the Literary Vaudeville Show you must!
Book for Dave Eggers at Brisbane Writers Festival
Opening Address Thursday September 4
Literary Vaudeville Show Friday September 5