Dave Eggers to edit ''Best Non-Required Reading'' -- Houghton Mifflin hired the ''Staggering Genius'' to oversee the teen-focused anthology
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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.