Includes a Copy of Cloud Cuckoo Land
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Tuesday, 7:00 pm EST October 5, 2021
The Center for Fiction*
This is an in-person* event at The Center for Fiction with limited capacity and the recording will not be available in our video library. Tickets include a copy of Cloud Cuckoo Land.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See) celebrates the launch of his latest work of literary fiction, Cloud Cuckoo Land, with a presentation on the soaring novel about children on the cusp of adulthood in a broken world. His novel follows four children separated by centuries but connected by an ancient text—the story of Aethon, who yearns to transform into a bird in order to escape to the utopian paradise in the sky. Each of these children find solace in Aethon’s character as they navigate the perils of their own time.
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Anthony Doerr is the author of All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Alex Award, and a #1 New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.
Photo Credit: Ulf Andersen
Cloud Cuckoo Land
By Anthony Doerr
Published by Scribner
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, perhaps the most bestselling and beloved literary fiction of our time, comes a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring novel about children on the cusp of adulthood in a broken world, who find resilience, hope, and story.
The heroes of Cloud Cuckoo Land are trying to figure out the world around them: Anna and Omeir, on opposite sides of the formidable city walls during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour in an attack on a public library in present day Idaho; and Konstance, on an interstellar ship bound for an exoplanet, decades from now. Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Anna, Omeir, Seymour, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders who find resourcefulness and hope in the midst of peril.
An ancient text—the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky—provides solace and mystery to these unforgettable characters. Doerr has created a tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness—with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us and those who will be here after we’re gone.
Dedicated to “the librarians then, now, and in the years to come,” Cloud Cuckoo Land is a hauntingly beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship—of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart.
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