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Anthony Doerr wins Pulitzer

4/27/2015

 

In addition to winning a Pulitzer Prize, Anthony Doerr was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award.
In addition to winning a Pulitzer Prize, Anthony Doerr was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award.
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"A finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and the 2015 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction; a #1 New York Times bestseller; the 2014 Book of the Year at Hudson Booksellers; the #2 book of 2014 at Amazon.com; a LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites; named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review; winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction; a best book of 2014 at Powell’s Books, Barnes & Noble, NPR’s Fresh Air, San Francisco Chronicle, The Week, Entertainment Weekly, the Daily Beast, Slate.com, Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, the Oregonian, the Guardian, and Kirkus; and a #1 Indie Next pick, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work."
Idaho Resident, Anthony Doerr won a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. On Anthony Doerr's website, his book All the Light We Cannot See, has recieved a number of prestigious honors:

Boise State Radio interviewed Anthony Doerr, below is their article (click here for original post with audio).

Listen: What Anthony Doerr Thinks About Winning the Pulitzer Prize
By Adam Cotterell, April 24, 2015 

Anthony Doerr says winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction will simultaneously add and relieve pressure on his creative process. 

The Idaho resident won the Pulitzer this week for his novel “All The Light We Cannot See.”

Doerr tells KBSX that readers of whatever he writes next might have expectations based on All The Light. He says those expectations can haunt an author who is trying to work. 

“And in another way it gives you tons of artistic freedom because you are going to kind of be able to get away with whatever kind of artistic risks you want to take,” Doerr says.

Here are some highlights from our interview with Doerr.

On Why The Pulitzer Committee Chose All The Light We Cannot See
“I continually get asked ‘what’s the appeal of the book?’ and all I can say is that I’m grateful that people are discovering it and reading it,” Doerr says. “But it’s almost dangerous for an artist to ask him or herself too often why certain pieces are more popular than others because you don’t want to ever get into the place where you’re trying to repeat that commercial success. You just need to keep trying to make things and take risks. Sometimes things kind of catch a zeitgeist and you can’t really be in control of that.”

On How The Prize Will Change His Life
“My editor Nan, [who also edited Angela’s Ashes] she told me that when Frank McCourt won he said, ‘well now you know the first four words of my obituary,’ there is something to that,” Doerr says. “That gets attached to your name forever, like it or not."

 On Being Part Of The ‘Canon’
“If you look at the names, not that I would ever imagine that my work belongs alongside those names, but the names of writers who have won the Pulitzer Prize, it’s like a greatest hits of the last century,” Doerr says. “Every writer wants an audience, so it’s a special thing to think your book might be read in the years to come. Maybe after I’m dead some teenager will read this book. That’s kind of an incredible thing."

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