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Guest Speaker - Class of Fall 2021

Anthony Doerr is the author of the story collections The Shell Collector and Memory Wall, the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, and the novels About Grace and All the Light We Cannot See, which was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. His short stories and essays have won five O. Henry Prizes and been anthologized in Best American Short StoriesNew American Stories, Best American Essays,  Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction, among others.


Doerr is the recipient of the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, Rome Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, and fellowships from Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Arts. His work has also received an Alex Award from the American Library Association, National Magazine Award for Fiction, four Pushcart Prizes, two Pacific Northwest Book Awards, four Ohioana Book Awards, the 2010 Story Prize, and the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. His book All the Light We Cannot See was a #1 New York Times bestseller and remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for over 200 weeks. It is being adapted as a limited series by Netflix. Doerr’s forthcoming novel, Cloud Cuckoo Land, will be published on September 28, 2021.

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