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Catch up with Idaho’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Tony Doerr

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “All The Light We Cannot See” by Boise’s Tony Doerr, is still on the New York Times Bestseller List after 117 weeks.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “All The Light We Cannot See” by Boise’s Tony Doerr, is still on the New York Times Bestseller List after 117 weeks. NYT

Idaho’s Pulitzer Prize-winning author is finally taking a breath. Since winning the prestigious award for his novel “All the Light We Cannot See” in April 2015, it’s been a busy schedule of readings, appearances and public demands. Everywhere he goes, it seems he runs into something about the book.

For example, a few months ago on a flight to Costa Rica with his wife, Shauna, Doerr realized that the family in the seats behind them was reading his book out loud to each other.

“I wanted to tell them who I was, and Shauna was like, ‘Don’t you dare,’” he says. “You want to do everything, but you can’t. You have to let go, or there’s no time for your family or your work.”

The popularity of the book keeps going. “All the Light We Cannot See” is in its 177th week on the New York Times Bestseller List, now at No. 7.

“I’ve been doing a lot of speaking engagements, traveling a lot, answering mail and email,” he says. “People sometimes just show up at the house. Sometimes they bring a gift, but then there’s usually a manuscript under it.”

Recently, Doerr started saying no to requests so he can have some time to spend with his wife and their 12-year-old twin sons. He even turned down an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”

So, at least for now it’s a bit of back to normal in Idaho.

“It’s so nice to be able to be back here,” he says.

He’s been spending time in McCall with his family, mountain biking on Boise trails and digging back into his next book project, which he’s been working on for more than a year.

He also is gearing up for spring 2017, when “All the Light” comes out in paperback.

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