Anthony Doerr, Acclaimed Idaho Writer, to Read at University of Idaho April 26

Tuesday, April 17 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho--- Novelist and essayist, Anthony Doerr, will read at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 26 at BookPeople of Moscow. 

The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the reading.

“Anthony Doerr is a familiar name to Idaho readers,” said Doug Heckman, University of Idaho MFA Creative Writing program director, “but we sometimes forget just how recognized Anthony has been on the national and international stages. He’s published novels, short stories, travel and science essays, and he’s successful in every genre. ” 

Doerr is the author of four books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome, and most recently, Memory Wall. His books have twice been listed as a New York Times Notable Book, and as an American Library?Association Book of the Year. In 2007, the British literary magazine Granta placed Doerr on its list of 21 Best Young American novelists.

Doerr’s short fiction has won four 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.

Doerr’s work has earned 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, three Ohioana Book Awards, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and the 2010 Story Prize.

Sponsored by the University of Idaho English Department and the MFA in Creative Writing Program, Doerr’s visit also is being funded by a generous grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts.

For more information on this and other MFA Creative Writing events and programs, please visit: or contact Heckman at
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