Anthony Doerr ’95 Bestseller ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ Also Obama’s Pick (Huffington Post)

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Anthony Doerr ’95’s bestseller, All The Light We Cannot See, is one of 17 books President Barack Obama scooped up on a recent shopping spree. The president had stopped at an independent bookstore as a way to draw attention to the importance of patronizing mom-and-pop stores during the holiday shopping season. Read the other titles in Obama’s shopping bag.

President Obama isn’t the only one seeking All The Light; the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog looks at “How Anthony Doerr’s ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ Became a Bestselling Novel.”

Kolster’s Rivers Series Makes it to Los Angeles (KCET)

Sunnybrook, Atwater Village, Los Angeles River, 2014. Michael Kolster.

Sunnybrook, Atwater Village, Los Angeles River, 2014. Michael Kolster.

This time, photography professor Michael Kolster’s Guggenheim-winning project Take Me to the River has taken him (and his portable dark room) to the Los Angeles River – which in many ways is not so different from Maine’s own Androscoggin, says Kolster in a story by California’s news channel KCET.

Hey, Crafty — You Should Totally Do This For The Holidays (Distractify)

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Ying Quartet Teaches Compelling Lessons to Student Writers

Ying Quartet“We were face-to-face with Beethoven,” writes Russ Rymer, Bowdoin’s Visiting Writer in Residence. “[The Ying Quartet] took us through the first movement of the Opus 74 quartet … teasing apart its elements to show how the cathedral was built, how ideas were introduced and then developed, how the structure worked, how Beethoven created anxiety and mystery and then offered resolution and triumph.”

Rymer is describing the Ying Quartet’s visit to his class, Creative Nonfiction Through Photography, just this week. Continue reading.