Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Eggers on Katrina

Posted By Google on Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 9:56 PM

Dave Eggers, acclaimed author and the founder and editor of McSweeney's, has interpreted the life of a Sudanese refugee, earned a Pulitzer nomination for his memoir, and wrote the film adaptation for a beloved children's classic and co-wrote, with his wife, surely the next hipster quirk-a-thon a la Juno. Now Eggers will debut his next literary venture — Zeitoun, set in Katrina-struck New Orleans, to be released in July. The summary, from the National Post:

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared. Eggers’s riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores Zeitoun’s roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy — an American who converted to Islam — and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun was possible. Like What Is the What, Zeitoun was written in close collaboration with its subjects and involved vast research — in this case, in the U.S., Spain, and Syria.

Eggers reveals more — including a nonprofit he's setting up to aid in recovery — in this interview.

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