Thursday, December 6, 2007
2007 We're in the News with Markus!
(Melville Times Mar 6-12 2007)
WRITER STOLE HEARTS
There was no thievery, only rapt attention, at Melville's A.H.Bracks Library last month when Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, spoke to more than 100 people about his work in one of only five meet-the-author talks.
The State Library of WA's One Book program is part of the Perth International Arts Festival and invites people to celebrate the written word by reading, sharing and discussing one book.
The Book Thief, which is about courage, empathy and the power of words, was chosen as the One Book for 2007.
Program development librarian Jan Cross said Mr. Zusak was extremely entertaining and quickly won over the crowd. "He did a short reading from his novel, explained the secrets of telling an attention-grabbing story and shared some anecdotes from his time promoting the book in the US. He then spent more than an hour signing copies."
The Book Thief is set in Nazi Germany during World War II and takes readers on a journey of discovery about life, death, the madness of war and survival of dignity against all odds. Ms Cross said the City of Melville's five public libraries had 38 copies of The Book Thief. "Over the summer, 303 people have borrowed a copy and another 20 are currently waith=ing their turn. It has been the subject of intrigued discussion in more than a dozen groups both in the libraries' book clubs program and in special book discussion sessions held for the general public."
Link to One Book - Festival of Perth 2007