Dave Eggers Illustration by Tim Bower
February 06, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

Young people who buy books — a demographic bright spot for publishers — are about to get their very own best-of series: ”The Best American Non-Required Reading,” featuring literary bad boy/po-mo geek Dave Eggers as the first guest editor. ”We were looking for somebody who could speak directly to that readership,” says Janet Silver, editor in chief of Houghton Mifflin. Due in October, the new series, aimed at 15- to 20-year-olds, will carry fiction, reviews, humor, comics, and pop-culture profiles.

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