Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr’s 2014 novel All the Light We Cannot See has won numerous literary awards, including the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. His first work, The Shell Collector, is a collection of short stories and was a New York Times and Publishers’ Weekly Notable Book of 2002. He then released About Grace (2004), his first novel, which was followed by the memoir, Four Seasons in Rome (2007). In 2010, Memory Wall, a collection of stories set on four continents, won the acclaimed Story Prize. His short fiction has also earned him four O. Henry Prizes and been anthologized in The Best American Short StoriesThe Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction, and The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. Other awards and honors bestowed upon Doerr, whose works have been translated into more than 40 languages, include the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the National Magazine Award for Fiction. Doerr earned his undergraduate degree in history from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree in fine arts from Bowling Green State University. Anthony Doerr will be awarded his doctorate of humane letters when he speaks as a guest of the University of Portland’s annual Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writers Series on February 27, 2017.

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