Anthony Doerr ’95, David Kertzer Win Pulitzer Prizes

Pulitzer-2015This year’s crop of Pulitzer Prize-winning authors includes an alumnus and a former faculty member.

All The Light We Cannot See, the best-selling World War II novel by Anthony Doerr ’95, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Allen Wells, Bowdoin’s Roger Howell Jr. Professor of History, spoke with Doerr about the book’s success and how Doerr’s history major from Bowdoin informs his work. Read the interview.

David Kertzer, a former professor in Bowdoin’s sociology and anthropology department (1973-1992) — currently the chair of anthropology at Brown — has won the Pulitzer Prize for biography-autobiography for his book, The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe. Kertzer, who spends summers in Harpswell, delivered the Sarah and James Bowdoin Day address, “The Perils of Anti-Intellectualism,” in 2008.

More on the winners in the Daily Beast article, “Inside the Pulitzer Prize Book Winners.”

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