What sort of (albeit self-proclaimed) go-to “literary” website would the Book Catapult be if the proprietor – suffering from the early stages of fatherhood, cooped up at home with a 12-day-old infant daughter (and an adoring wife) – didn’t poke his head in and at least acknowledge the fact that Mr. Anthony Doerr was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction today for his second novel, All the Light We Cannot See? Nuthin’, that’s what. The Pulitzer citation:
Awarded to “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner), an imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology.
As readers of this here website know well, I have long been a huge fan of Tony’s work and have written of him and his writings often. (This novel was placed at #2 on the 2014 Catapult Notable list.) Last July I had the insanely cool experience of sharing a (small) stage with Tony as we were (sort of) “in conversation” as a part of his author event at Warwick’s bookstore. My reaction, when I read the news today, was actually, “Holy shit! Tony Doerr just won a Pulitzer!” (Baby startles in crib. Wife frowns.)
Needless to say, I am very proud of Tony and honored to have gotten to know him even a little bit over the years. Good on ya, brother.