As we await the soon to be announced shortlist for the National Book Award, we want to give a major shout out to two of our writers who made the longlist this year, Jane Smiley and Anthony Doerr.
Jane Smiley is a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist for her book, A Thousand Acres. She has won a number of awards for her various other work, was longlisted this year for her novel, Some Luck. This novel is a multi generational saga of a family of Iowa farmers, as they live through 3 transformative decades from 1920-1953. Jane stays highly involved in the literature community, by participating at the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and in 2001, she was elected as a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Anthony Doerr is a writer of both novels and short stories. His most notable work to date is All the Light We Cannot See, which has won several awards, and made it onto the longlist for the National Book Award. It is a novel set before and during WWII, and revolves around the lives of a blind French girl and a German boy. The Washington Post describes it as “enthrallingly told, beautifully written and so emotionally plangent that some passages bring tears.”
Congratulations to both of them. Their works are truly spectacular and it was an honor to give their stories our special WordTheatre touch.