Anthony Doerr, an internationally acclaimed author, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel “All the Light We Cannot See.” The novel, about two teens in World War II, topped The New York Times bestseller list and remained on the list for more than 200 weeks. Netflix will release a four-part limited series based on the book in November 2023 starring Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr also has written the story collections “The Shell Collector” and “Memory Wall,” a memoir, “Four Seasons in Rome,” and the novel “About Grace.”
His latest novel, “Cloud Cuckoo Land,” was a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award, a finalist for Novel of the Year in the British Book Awards and winner of the 2022 Grand prix de littérature américaine in France.
Doerr’s work has been translated into more than 40 languages and won many awards, including five O. Henry Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the 2010 Story Prize, considered the most prestigious prize in the U.S. for a collection of short stories.
He graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, in 1995 with a degree in history and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing in 1999 from BGSU.
Doerr was named among the 100 Most Prominent BGSU alumni in recognition of the University's centennial celebration in May 2010. He was a visiting professor in the BGSU English Department from 1999-2002.
From 2007-10, Doerr was the writer-in-residence for the state of Idaho. He is a former board member of the Log Cabin Literary Center and is involved with the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.
Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho.