Dave Eggers & Mokhtar Alkhanshali
Dave Eggers, author of The Circle, What is the What, Zeitoun, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, and much more, both in the literary world and out, and Mokhtar Alkanshali, the subject and ‘voice’ of his brilliant new book, The Monk of Mokha (Knopf), appear here for what should be a lively, memorable evening. This is quite a story.
"Journalism is integral to Eggers' many-faceted, socially responsible literary life, and his nonfiction forte is telling the story of compelling individuals who have faced unfathomable adversity, as in Zeitoun, the story of a Syrian American in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Here Eggers portrays Yemeni American Mokhtar Alkhanshali, who, after an unruly childhood in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, a transformative stay in Yemen with his grandfather, and success as a car salesman, finally finds his calling, which proves to be quixotic and dangerous: he commits himself to restoring Yemen's long-forgotten standing as the world's first and best coffee producer. Eggers crisply recounts coffee's delectably roguish history, into which Mokhtar's Sisyphean struggles fit perfectly. Readers will never take coffee for granted or overlook the struggles of Yemen after ingesting Eggers’s phenomenally well-written, juggernaut tale of an intrepid and irresistible entrepreneur on a complex and meaningful mission, a highly caffeinated adventure story.” –Donna Seaman, Booklist.