Anthony Doerr is the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novels All the Light We Cannot See and About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won numerous prizes, including four O. Henry Prizes, three Pushcart Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.
Anthony Doerr on Books, Memory and the Twelve Bright Stars Scratched Across Page 302
Whenever we buy a book, we say we buy a “copy” of it. We buy a copy of Gravity’s Rainbow, say, and we carry our copy home. We open it; we fall into it. And it is here that the word “copy” fails.
Because what I experience when I read Gravity’s Rainbow, or Beloved, or The Moviegoer, is not at all a “copy” of what you experience when you read the same novel. Now that the books are in our hands, in our homes, in...
Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive of the launch of Memory Wall over the past few weeks! I deeply appreciate all the warm emails.
July 25, 2010
Thanks to everyone who came out to the readings in New York! I deeply appreciate the support. As Katherine Anne Porter wrote at the end of the introduction to her Collected Stories, "Go Little Book..."