Dave Eggers gets Amnesty chair in Ghent

The celebrated American author Dave Eggers has been awarded the Amnesty International Chair at Ghent University.

Mr Eggers best known works include "A heart-breaking work of staggering genius", a semi-autobiographical novel about how he had to raise his brother following the death of their parents and "What is the what" that describes the life of a Sudanese refugee, Valentino Achak Deng, and the difficulty he encounters being accepted in the US.

Eggers also has considerable social commitment founding ScholarMatch, an organisation that helps students find a bursary, and 826 National, an organisation that stages writing courses for 6 to 18-year-olds.

Dave Eggers is the publisher of the literary magazine Mc Sweeneys.

On 17 March Mr Eggers presents a reading at the Vooruit in Ghent. On 18 March he will dialog with Ghent University lecturers.

The Amnesty International Chair is awarded for an 8th time in recognition of a figure that supports human rights.