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Benaroya Hall
200 University Street, Downtown Seattle, Seattle

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In the Pulitzer Prize–winning All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr crafted one of the most beloved novels of our time. A writer of immense imagination and compassion, Doerr has returned with Cloud Cuckoo Land, a soaring novel about children on the cusp of adulthood searching for hope in a broken world.

Cloud Cuckoo Land is a hauntingly beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship—of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart.

All tickets (except Student/25 & Under, complimentary, and a limited number of Reduced Price/No Book tickets), include a copy of Anthony Doerr’s forthcoming book, The Cloud Cuckoo Land, shipped by our partner bookstore to the ticket holder’s address.

Anthony Doerr is the author of All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Alex Award, and a #1 New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize.

His newest work is a soaring novel about children on the cusp of adulthood in a broken world. The heroes of Cloud Cuckoo Land are trying to figure out the world around them: Anna and Omeir, on opposite sides of the formidable city walls during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour in an attack on a public library in present-day Idaho; and Konstance, on an interstellar ship bound for an exoplanet, decades from now. Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Anna, Omeir, Seymour, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders who find resourcefulness and hope in the midst of peril.

An ancient text—the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky—provides solace and mystery to these unforgettable characters. In this newest work, Doerr has created a tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness—with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us and those who will be here after we’re gone.

“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever,” one character tells another in All the Light We Cannot See. In a way, all of Doerr’s works urge us to do this—to aspire toward lightness come what may—no matter how long it lasts.

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