- Official USD policy: USD requires all off-campus visitors to provide proof of vaccination as well as indoor face coverings. All documents will be checked before guests will be admitted to the theatre or event space. Acceptable proof of vaccination is 1) the physical COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card issued to the patron at the time of vaccination, 2) a photograph of the patron’s COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, or 3) a digital vaccination record. All residents of California may request a digital vaccination record at https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov. USD reserves the right to deny admission to any patron who does not provide the necessary documentation or follow any COVID-related policy. Please note that this policy is subject to change based on CDC, California and San Diego public health guidance.
- General Admission Check-In at 6:15PM.
- Please print out your tickets.
- Seating is first-come, first served.
- You will receive a copy of Cloud Cuckoo Land when you check in. Additional books will be available for purchase at this event. There will be a limited number of signed copies that will be distributed randomly during check in. No exchanges.
- Please enter campus from the west entrance and park in the west lot. Shuttles will be available from the parking structure to the theater.
- The event will begin on time, so please allow plenty of time to get from the parking structure to the theater.
- Please call the Warwick's Book Department at 858-454-0347 for more information.
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Anthony Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See, currently in development as a Netflix limited series. He is also the author of two story collections, Memory Wall and The Shell Collector; the novel About Grace; and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, all published by Scribner. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.
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.