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'Book Thief' Author Markus Zusak Gives Talk In Darien

Markus Zusak will discuss his book, "The Book Thief" at events in Darien and Stamford March 14.
Markus Zusak will discuss his book, "The Book Thief" at events in Darien and Stamford March 14. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. – Barrett Bookstore will welcome Markus Zusak to Darien from 3-4 p.m. Monday as part of his 10-city tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the publication of his book “The Book Thief,” the international bestseller that has reached more than 10 million readers.

After addressing students at Darien High School, Zusak will sign copies of the special hardcover 10th anniversary edition of the keepsake version at Barrett Bookstore. The special edition contains 14 pages of bonus content, including marked-up manuscript pages, original sketches and pages from Zusak’s writing notebook, as well as a letter from the author and a new jacket.

Originally published in March 2006, “The Book Thief” received immediate critical acclaim and went on to receive numerous awards. In 2009, the Darien Library chose “The Book Thief” to kick off its “One Book, One Community” program, purchasing 280 copies, which were checked out more than 1,600 times during the program. Set in Germany in 1939, and narrated by the poetic voice of Death, the book introduces Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids, as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

Copies of the new edition are available for pre-order at Barrett Bookstore by calling 203-273-5054. Barrett Bookstore is at 314 Heights Road, Darien.

To conclude his visit, Zusak will be at the Avon Theatre, 272 Bedford St., Stamford, at 7 p.m. Monday to speak about “The Book Thief.” This will be followed by a showing of the acclaimed movie starring Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush. Contact the Avon Theatre at 203-661-0321 for tickets and information.

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