IN-PERSON: Anthony Doerr - "Cloud Cuckoo Land"

Event date: 
10/06/2021 - 7:00pm

Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See, joins us in-person this fall to discuss his hauntingly beautiful new novel, Cloud Cuckoo Land

This is a ticketed event. Your admission ticket includes a copy of Cloud Cuckoo Land. Your book will be available to collect at the event. 

Signed copies of Cloud Cuckoo Land are limited to the first 300 people to buy tickets. 

Buy tickets online through Eventbrite by clicking the button below (fees apply), or call Wellesley Books at 781-431-1160 to order by phone (no fees). 

This Wellesley Books event will take place at Wellesley High School, 50 Rice St, Wellesley, MA. 


COVID Protocols

• Attendees must wear masks at all times during the event.
• Attendees must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination along with a picture I.D.
• We've purposely chosen a venue with a large seating capacity so that attendees will be able to spread out and maintain social distancing.



From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, perhaps the most bestselling and beloved literary fiction of our time, comes a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring novel about children on the cusp of adulthood in a broken world, who find resilience, hope, and story.

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. 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.

Dedicated to “the librarians then, now, and in the years to come,” Cloud Cuckoo Land is a hauntingly beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship—of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart.



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. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.


Event address: 
Wellesley High School
50 Rice Street
Wellesley, MA 02481