Pulitzer Prize winner and Bowdoin College graduate Anthony Doerr added another honor, capturing the Maine Readers’ Choice Award for his novel “All the Light We Cannot See.” The award was announced Monday at the Northeastern Maine Library District Fall Council Program.

The Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association established the award in 2013. To qualify, books must be published in the United States in the previous year, appeal to a wide audience and be judged as exceptional. The committee includes 20 librarians, booksellers, literacy advocates, reviewers and writers.

From a field of 125, they selected “Euphoria” by Lily King, who lives in Yarmouth; “Redeployment” by Phil Klay; and Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See.”

Doerr, who lives in Idaho, won the 2015 Pulitzer for fiction for “All the Light We Cannot See.”

Maine readers voted online in September, encouraged by reading groups in libraries across Maine.

Doerr wrote about a blind French girl and a German boy who meet in occupied France in World War II.

Nominees for the 2016 award will be announced this fall. To learn more, visit mainereaderschoiceaward.org.


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