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Boise Author Anthony Doerr Wins Carnegie Medal for 'All the Light We Cannot See'


Boise author Anthony Doerr has won the American Library Association's 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for his 2014 novel All the Light We Cannot See 

Established in 2012, the Carnegie Medal recognizes works of fiction and nonfiction published the previous year. Winning authors receive a $5,000 cash award, and runners-up receive $1,500 cash awards. Bryan Stevenson, an activist lawyer and co-founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, won the Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction for his memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

Runners-up for the Carnegie Medal in fiction were Colm Toibin for his novel Nora Webster and Chang-Rae Lee for his novel On Such a Full Sea. Nonfiction runners-up were Elizabeth Kolbert for The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History and Lawrence Wright for Thirteen Days in September

All the Light We Cannot See, set in WWII, follows the intertwining tales of a young German radio technician and a blind French girl, who possesses a rare gem.

Doerr was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and, in April, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.