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The Wilmette Public Library

and The Book Stall invite you to meet best-selling author

Anthony Doerr

Saturday, April 8, at 3:00 p.m.

Wilmette Jr. High School Auditorium

620 Locust Road, Wilmette


Mr. Doerr will discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The program is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the program, and The Book Stall will have books available for purchase. For more information, call 847-256-6930.

Search for a copy of All the Light We Cannot See in the Library's collection.

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

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About Anthony Doerr:

Doerr credit Todd Meier3Anthony Doerr was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He 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.

Doerr’s short stories and essays have won four O. Henry Prizes and been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, New American Stories, The Best American Essays, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction, and lots of other places. His work has been translated into over forty languages and won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, an Alex Award from the American Library Association, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, four Pushcart Prizes, two Pacific Northwest Book Awards, four Ohioana Book Awards, the 2010 Story Prize, which is considered the most prestigious prize in the U.S. for a collection of short stories, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which is the largest prize in the world for a single short story.

Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two sons.

 Anthony Doerr's website

Awards and Accolades:

All the Light We Cannot See was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award, the 2014 Book of the Year at Hudson Booksellers, the #2 book of 2014 at, a LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites, and The Book Stall’s bestselling book of 2014.  It was named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review and a Best Book of 2014 by Powell's Books, Barnes & Noble, NPR's Fresh Air, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Week, Entertainment Weekly, The Daily Beast,, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, The Guardian, and Kirkus.

Other Books by the Author:

The Shell Collector: a story collection (2002)

About Grace: a novel (2004)

Four Seasons in Rome: a memoir (2007)

Memory Wall: a story collection (2010)

Interviews with Anthony Doerr:

All Things Considered, NPR: World War II In A New 'Light'- Empathy Found In Surprising Places

The Guardian: Anthony Doerr - 'I grew up where to call yourself a writer would be pretentious'


National Book Foundation: Interview with Anthony Doerr, 2014 National Book Award Finalist, Fiction

The New York Times Sunday Book Review: Anthony Doerr - By the Book


photo of Lee ChildAn Evening with the Author

Lee Child


Internationally acclaimed best-selling thriller writer Lee Child appeared before a crowd of over 300 fans to discuss his books and career.  Mr. Child regaled the audience with his personal history and the creation of his iconic hero, Jack Reacher.  Thanks for a great evening!

Want to read or listen to one of Mr. Child's books? Check out the Library catalog.


About Lee Child

Lee Child's website

The Independent: Lee Child on Jack Reacher - How the best-selling author writes his mysteries (January 5, 2015)

Esquire: What Lee Child Has Learned from Writing the Jack Reacher Books - December 4, 2014 An Interview With International Best-Selling Author Lee Child - September 4, 2014

CBS News: "Personal": Lee Child releases 19th Jack Reacher novel (video) - September 1, 2014

NPR: This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel (audio) - August 31, 2014 10 Questions with Lee Child - September 18, 2013

Wall Street Journal Book Club: Thriller Writer Chooses 'Sophie's Choice' - August 28, 2014

New York Times Book Review: Lee Child - By the Book - December 20, 2012 Lee Child on His New Thriller, Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher and Wandering Heroes - September 19, 2012

WTTW Chicago Tonight: Interview with Lee Child (video) - September 19, 2012

Atlas Society: Thriller: Lee Child and the creation of Jack Reacher - March 17, 2011

Reviews of Lee Child's latest book Personal

Denver Post

The Guardian

Kirkus Reviews

Library Journal

Lincoln Journal Star

Publishers Weekly

Sydney Morning Herald

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