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Pulitzer-prize winning author meets with inmates at Idaho State Correctional Institution

Posted at 3:22 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 19:22:56-04

Pulitzer-prize winning author, Anthony Doerr, met with inmates at the Idaho State Correctional Institution Thursday morning about his New York Times best-selling novel, "All the Light We Cannot See."

Doerr told the inmates about his inspiration for the novel and showed them how they can use their creative talents to become successful.

“So sometimes just showing them, like hey, just a guy sitting there at a desk in Boise, Idaho is able to publish internationally--that’s something. Just showing up is sometimes enough to inspire other writers around the state," Doerr said.

Those in attendance say they welcome his words of encouragement.

“Being in prison, you have a lot of free time. So it’s kind of very motivating to have somebody like that come in and share with us what he’s gone through and what he’s done, and to encourage us to be able to do the same type of thing," said Dennis Mintun, an inmate at IDOC.

Doerr donated 30 copies of his novel to the prison library. He said he's currently in talks with Netflix to possibly adapt the novel as a limited series.