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Dave Eggers hits both the fiction and nonfiction bestseller lists

October 30, 2009 |  8:25 am

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Dave Eggers has accomplished a rare feat this week: He simultaneously made the L.A. Times nonfiction and fiction bestseller lists.

His nonfiction book "Zeitoun" is the story of a family in New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina. When he began his book tour in August, he packed Skylight Books in Los Feliz to overflowing. People stood outside on the sidewalk, as if there were speakers out there to enable them to listen (there weren't). "Zeitoun" is currently at No. 7 on our nonfiction bestsellers list, where it's been for seven weeks.

"The Wild Things," Eggers' 300-page retelling of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are," enters the fiction list this week at No. 8. Geared for young adults, the book is clearly getting a lift from the movie "Where the Wild Things Are." The film was No. 1 its first weekend in theaters, and was co-written by Eggers and director Spike Jonze. It's probably the first time a 10-sentence children's book has been adapted to a full-length film and subsequently retold as a 300-page novel that reaches the bestseller list.

Both books are available from McSweeney's, the independent publisher that grew from the magazine Eggers started in 1998.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: An overflow crowd strains to see Dave Eggers read at Skylight Books in August. Credit: Carolyn Kellogg

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