Sunday, August 1, 2010

Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr is the author of a collection of short stories, The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and a memoir titled Four Seasons in Rome.

His books have been a New York Times Notable Book, an American Library Association Book of the Year, a "Book of the Year" in the Washington Post, and he has won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton, and shared the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. His book reviews have appeared in the New York Times and Der Spiegel, and he writes the "On Science" column for the Boston Globe.

His new story collection is Memory Wall.

Last month I asked him what he was reading. His reply:
I'm reading an ARC of Gary Shtyengart's Super Sad True Love Story, a vision of the near-future in which China carries all of America's debt, books are obsolete, government proclamations are misspelled, and we carry around absorbing devices called apparats which stream thick rivers of information at us at all times. It would be a very funny book if it weren't so disturbingly plausible.
Visit Anthony Doerr's website.

The Page 69 Test: Anthony Doerr's Four Seasons in Rome.

--Marshal Zeringue