The Book Thief

img_2780The libraries in my community brought another famous author to town last night.

Markus Zusak is the author of The Book Thief, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

If you haven’t read this book, please make time. Don’t let the “Young Adult” classification fool you. This book is for all ages.

Told from the unique perspective of death in 1939, Nazi Germany keeps him plenty busy.

The main character Liesel moves in with a foster family outside of Munich. A girl hungry for knowledge during a time period where it’s forbidden, Liesel steals books. Her foster father teachers her how to read. However, no book can teach her what she’ll experience while hiding a Jewish man in her basement.

Markus captivated the crowd with his storytelling abilities, and he had lots of great tips for writers. I love when authors aren’t afraid to share their success secrets. One of the things that stuck with me was that he edits his books 1000s of times. The editing job can takes years and years, which is one of the reasons he has been working on his next book for seven years. He ended the evening reading a portion of this book, Bridge of Clay, which has yet to be released.

I’ve had the opportunity to see Gillian Flynn, Wally Lamb, and Rainbow Rowell through these library events. Coming this summer: Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants.

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