The Book Thief at Steppenwolf

October 26, 2012

 Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel The Book Thief was Chicago Public Library’s One Book One Chicago selection this Fall. And now it’s been adaptated for the stage by Heidi Stillman and is being performed at Steppenwolf Theater (performances run through November 11). Set in Nazi Germany and narrated by Death, the story follows the fate of a young German girl Liesel (the book thief of the title) whose family hides a  Jewish man in its basement. The production has been well received by students and teachers and is being used as a teaching tool against youth violence in Chicago. A film version of the book is also in the works. See this NYT article for the entire story.


Zusak's The Book Thief is next One Book, One Chicago selection.

May 1, 2012

Yesterday’s Sun Times article by Hedy Weiss announced the Chicago Public Library choice for fall One Book, One Chicago is Markus Zusak’s highly acclaimed book set in a German town just outside Munich during World War II. Originally released in 2006 as a YA title, The Book Thief quickly crossed over into the adult readership. Superb reviews and wildfire word-of-mouth recommendations helped it become a very popular book group choice and school reading assignment.  In addition to many events planned to augment the book itself, A Steppenwolf Theatre adaptation of the book will run October 16 through November 11.

Barbara L.

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