Anthony Doerr, Idaho's writer-in-residence since 2007, has quickly become one of Idaho's favorite sons. Doerr's novels have gained him international renown as well as respect from his fellow Gem Staters. His 2007 release, Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World, is a highly regarded work, and Doerr is often asked to make appearances, including a recent taping of the NPR radio show, Michael Feldman's Whad'ya Know. He has an essay in the upcoming book, State by State, and a new novel that may hit shelves around Christmas 2009.
Second place: Bill Cope
Third place: Tim Woodward