Notre Dame's ND Reads program brings our community of students, faculty, staff, parents, alumnae and friends together to examine and discuss important issues facing our global community. We invite you to join us in reading our 12th annual selection, The Monk of Mokha.
From the best-selling author of The Circle, Dave Eggers, The Monk of Mokha is the true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee.
Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country’s rugged mountains and meet beleaguered but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.
Nationally-recognized author Dave Eggers grew up near Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern) and a monthly magazine, The Believer. In 2002, he co-founded 826 Valencia, a non-profit youth writing and tutoring center in San Francisco’s Mission District, a program that has expanded around the world. Dave’s work has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, France’s Prix Médicis, Germany’s Albatross Prize, the National Magazine Award and the American Book Award.