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Anthony Doerr Birth:

Anthony Doerr was born on October 27, 1973 in Cleveland, OH.

Anthony Doerr Background and Writing:

Anthony Doerr became interested in writing as a teenager. He finished his B.A. in history at Bowdoin College in 1995, and in his mid-twenties was publishing his writing in magazines. He received his M.F.A. in writing from Bowling Green State University in 1999.

Doerr's short stories have appeared in numerous publications including The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, and in several anthologies. He is the recipient of many awards and prizes including two Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the National Magazine Award for Fiction.
In his award-winning first book of short stories, The Shell Collector (2002), Anthony Doerr shows his love of science by exploring the human connection to the natural world.
His second collection, Memory Wall (2010), similarly captures this notion of connection - between people and their environment. One of the stories in Memory Wall, "Village 113," is a wonderful tale surrounding the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, the related submersion of a nearby Chinese village. and the seed keeper who is the caretaker of the village history. "Village 113" won the O'Henry Prize in 2008. Memory Wall itself was selected as an finalist for the 2010 Story Prize.

Doerr writes about science for the Boston Globe. He lives with his wife and twin sons in Boise, Idaho.

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