The Egg Man.
Being a lit nerd, it's hard not to like Dave Eggers, whose debut novel, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, was pretty well titled. His next 'novel,' You Shall Know Our Velocity, was mind-numbingly boring and self-indulgent, but along the way he founded 826 Valencia, which teaches writing to children and is something its hard ot find a shred of fault with. I love the work they do, the fun they have doing it, and I try to suport them as much as possible. I have yet to read What Is The What, but everyone tells me its brilliant...and yet, I'm almost more excited about his NEXT novel, as yet unpublished:
Publishers Weekly reports that the Frankfurt Book Fair is abuzz with talk about Dave Eggers's new novel, which apparently quietly sold to Ecco last winter. Ecco, the small, super-literary imprint at Harper, doesn't usually brag about sales potential, usually because most of its books don't have a lot of sales potential. According to PW, though, Ecco chief Dan Halpern is telling everyone at the fair that the book — an adult novel based on Where the Wild Things Are, scheduled to be published in 2008 to coincide with Spike Jonze's movie, for which Eggers co-wrote the screenplay — will be a monster hit, if you'll pardon the expression. "I think it's going to be his biggest book. I think it's going to be huge."
I'm sorry, what? That is...genius. I'm assuming its the story of Max after he grew up, and how his life was changed by all of this. That's perfect Eggers, funny and interesting at the same time.
And did I know Eggers co-wrote the screenplay for the Spike Jonze film? I did not.
I am waiting with baited breath.