Anthony Doerr to Read Fiction at Rhodes

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Publication Date: 8/28/2007

Anthony Doerr, award-winning author of The Shell Collector, About Grace, and Four Seasons in Rome, will read from his fiction at Rhodes College on September 13. Free and open to the public, the reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Tuthill Performance Hall of Hassell Halland will be followed by a book signing.

The Shell Collector, a volume of eight short stories, was published in 2002 and won the Rome Prize, the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize and two O. Henry Prizes. In addition The Shell Collector was a New York Times Notable Book and an American Library Association Book of the Year.

About Grace, a novel about a hydrologist named David Winkler who occasionally dreams events that later come true, was named a “Best Book of 2004” by the Washington Post and was a finalist for the PEN USA fiction award.

Four Seasons in Rome, Doerr’s most recent book, describes his year in Rome reading Pliny, visiting piazzas, temples and churches, attending the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II, and raising twin babies.

In 2007, the British literary magazine Granta placed Doerr on its list of 21 Best Young American Novelists. From 2007 to 2010, Doerr will be the Writer-in-Residence for the State of Idaho.

The Rhodes Creative Writing Program is presenting Doerr’s visit, and those who have more specific inquiries can contact Professor Tina Barr at (901) 843-3979.