It continues to be a stellar year for Boise novelist Anthony “Tony” Doerr whose epic World War II novel “All the Light We Cannot See” (Scribner) was a finalist for the National Book Award in November, and earned Doerr the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in April.
On June 27, he was honored with the 2015 Carnegie Medal for Fiction at a ceremony during the annual American Library Association conference in San Francisco.
The novel weaves together the stories of Marie, a young blind French girl, and Werner, a young German soldier, whose paths connect during the devastation of World War II through the development of radio.
Doerr wrote it over 10 years while living in Boise, where the Ohio native and his family continue to make their home.
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The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established by the Carnegie Foundation in 2012 to recognize the best literature in both genres for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year.
Bryan Stevenson received the non-fiction award for “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” (Spiegel & Graau). An attorney and the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama, Stevenson’s meamoir exposes the unfairness inherent in the American justice system.