Anthony Doerr was at Joseph-Beth last night and Jason & I went to hear him speak. He looks like his dust jacket photo and seemed like a genuinely nice guy. The crowd was full of family and friends. He grew up in the Cleveland area (Novelty), so the evening had a reunion atmosphere with Anthony being the long lost relative. There were also a few local authors on hand to support him. It was an enjoyable reading.
He read from three sections of his book, Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World, and then answered questions. I am still reading this latest book and was really hoping to see the twins that he wrote about so lovingly, but they weren’t there. The couple in front of me had come all the way from Pittsburgh to meet him. He was self-deprecating enough to be really charming and I encourage you all to check him out. He’s written something for everyone. He has a book of short stories, a novel, and a memoir.