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Joynes Event: Anthony Doerr, Award Winning Novelist

Mon, October 24, 2011
Joynes Event:  Anthony Doerr, Award Winning Novelist

Anthony Doerr is the author of four books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome, and, most recently, Memory Wall.

Doerr’s short fiction has won three O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. He has won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, the Pacific Northwest Book Award, two Ohioana Book Awards, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and the 2010 Story Prize. His books have twice been a New York Times Notable Book, an American Library Association Book of the Year, and made lots of other year end “Best Of” lists. In 2007, the British literary magazine Granta placed Doerr on its list of 21 Best Young American novelists.

Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two sons. He teaches now and then in the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. His book reviews have appeared in the New York Times and Der Spiegel, and he writes a regular column on science books for the Boston Globe. Though he is often asked, as far as he knows he is not related to the late writer Harriet Doerr.

The first eight students to sign up to attend this reading will receive a free copy of the book. Inquire at the front desk in the Joynes Reading Room.  “These stories come from all over, from South Africa, Germany, Lithuania, China and several parts of the United States, and the local detail is always scrupulously and vividly rendered, but Doerr's method in every one is to take us away from our usual lives and then slowly, insidiously, bring us back closer to home.” — from Terrence Rafferty's review in The New York Times

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