Authors with Bowdoin College connections win Pulitzers

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BRUNSWICK — This year’s Pulitzer Prize recipients include a Bowdoin College alumnus and a former Bowdoin professor.

Anthony Doerr, Class of 1995, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel “All The Light We Cannot See.” The book follows the stories of a blind French girl and a Hitler Youth in Germany and occupied France during World War II.

David Kertzer, who was a professor in Bowdoin’s sociology and anthropology department from 1973-1992, and is now chairman of anthropology at Brown University in Rhode Island, won the Pulitzer Prize for biography-autobiography for “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe.”

Kertzer still spends his summers in Harpswell, according to a press release from Bowdoin.