Elliott Bay Book Company presents Dave Eggers & Mokhtar Alkhanshali
Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 7pm
From Dave Eggers, the best-selling author of The Circle and What Is the What, a heart-pounding true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the struggles of everyday Yemenis living through civil war and the courageous journey of Mokhtar Alkkanshali, a young man—a Muslim and a U.S. citizen—following the most American of dreams. Tonight Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali appear together and share the story behind The Monk of Mokha (Knopf). A copy of the book is included with the ticket, which admits one person to the event.
"Journalism is integral to Eggers' (Heroes of the Frontier, 2016) 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 (2009), 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."-Booklist