9th Ave: Dave Eggers

Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 7:00pm

Cover of Dave Eggers' The Eyes and the Impossible. The cover is a wood cut out of trees with a green field and a dog running through it. The title of the book and the author's name are cut out on the top and bottom.
Join us on Thursday, May 25 at 7pm PT, when Dave Eggers joins us to celebrate his latest book, The Eyes and The Impossible, at 9th Ave!

Masks Encouraged/This is an in-person event

Praise for The Eyes and The Impossible
“A warm, comedic tale of interspecies friendship. Johannes is a highly engaging narrator whose exuberance and good nature run like a bright thread through the novel’s pages. It is in the way Johannes speaks about his greatest passion that Eggers shows he has done the imaginative work required to bring us closer to an animal perspective. There is a deeper story here, too, about being yourself and finding freedom. It is hinted at in the natural beauty of the deluxe version of the book, with its solid-wood front and back covers, and in Shawn Harris’s sublime illustrations. Harris places Johannes in classical landscape paintings, running free, demonstrating an appeal that is wilder and more profound than mere canine charm. We need brave, big stories like these, stories that help children (and adults) find their place in a sometimes frightening world.”
—Nicola Davies, New York Times Book Review

“[An] exuberant illustrated novel. Eggers crafts a marvelous, fully fleshed protagonist in Johannes, who is at once an ebullient braggart, a faithful and intrepid operative, and a drolly humorous reporter whose compassionate narration delivers a rousing tale of community, joyful self-reliance, and the pleasures of running very, very fast.”
—starred review, Publishers Weekly

About The Eyes and The Impossible
A wild, lyrical, hilarious and beautiful story of a wild dog living and surviving in an urban park

Johannes, a free dog, lives in a park hemmed in on three sides by dense human neighborhoods, and on one side by the ocean. His job is to be the Eyes—to see everything that happens within the park and report to the park’s elders, three ancient bison who ensure the Equilibrium. His friends—a stalwart seagull, a mordant raccoon, a one-eyed squirrel, and a pelican who can read—work with him as the Assistant Eyes, observing the humans and other animals who share the park and making sure everything is in balance.

But changes are afoot. More humans, including Trouble Travelers, arrive in the park. A new building, containing mysterious and hypnotic rectangles, goes up. And then there are the goats—an actual boatload of goats—who appear, along with a shocking revelation that changes Johannes’ view of the world.

Readers will thrill to Johannes’s inimitable and wonderful voice, and will gorge on this unforgettable story of friendship, beauty, liberation, and running very, very fast.

About Dave Eggers
Dave Eggers
is the author of many books, including The Eyes and the Impossible, The EveryThe CircleThe Monk of Mokha, and the National Book Award finalist A Hologram for the King, as well as numerous books for young readers, including Her Right FootFaraway Things, and The Lifters. He is the founder of the independent publishing company McSweeney's and the college-access nonprofit ScholarMatch, and the co-founder of 826 Valencia, a youth writing center that has inspired dozens of other centers worldwide. He is the winner of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

The Eyes and the Impossible: (Deluxe Wood-Bound Edition) By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781952119453
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: McSweeney's - May 9th, 2023

A New York Times bestseller and Today Show Summer Pick

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