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HP Lit Fest, in conjunction with High Park High School, welcomes author Dave Eggers as our keynote speaker on Feb. 25, 2016. The community event begins at 7 p.m. in the Palmer Auditorium on the Highland Park High School campus. Prior to Mr. Eggers’ address, he will be available to sign copies of his books from 5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. in the foyer of the main entrance to the high school. Copies of Mr. Eggers’ books will be available for purchase. Please arrive early for autographs, as there is a limited time available.

The 20th annual Highland Park Literary Festival welcomes celebrated author, publisher, and philanthropist DAVE EGGERS as the 2016 Keynote Speaker. Mr. Eggers will speak to the public on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 7 p.m. at Highland Park High School. Dallas publisher Will Evans will serve as moderator. This event, organized by HP Literary Festival, is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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 BelieverMcSweeney’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.

Books by Dave Eggers, as well as books by other HP Literary Festival workshop presenters, will be available for sale beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, before the Keynote address. Mr. Eggers will be available for book signing from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. BEFORE his presentation. Please note that time frame has changed from our previous announcement.

The Highland Park Literary Festival seeks to inspire and encourage students to celebrate language in its artfully written, spoken, and sung formats. The two-day festival will offer student assemblies with noted speakers, a community event, and over 60 small group workshops connecting HPHS students with novelists, journalists, poets, storytellers, playwrights, screenwriters, and songwriters. The festival also includes a student-run Open Mic Nite where students share readings, musings, poetry, and musical performances. The festival concludes with a student writing contest and an awards breakfast.

The HP Literary Festival is made possible with the cooperation of the HPHS English faculty and by generous donations from La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas, HP Arts, HPHS PTA, and HPISD families. 

For further information, visit www.hplitfest.com.

For inquires, please contact Dennis Burns onskidoobay@mac.com