The Richardson Public Library announced Wednesday that The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is the selection for the Richardson Reads One Book program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The book will be promoted throughout 2013 as a vehicle for bringing the community together through reading, related programs, consideration of the book’s important issues and group discussion.
In The Book Thief, the heroine, Liesel Meminger, is an illiterate orphan who was given to a foster family after her Communist father was arrested. Her little brother dies en route to their new home. After her brother’s hasty burial, Liesel steals her first book, The Grave Digger’s Handbook. From this inauspicious start to her personal library, she is taught to read her book by her foster father. The germ of the idea for The Book Thief grew out of Zusak’s parents’ stories of their experiences during World War II.
Richardson Reads One Book selections are chosen by a board of librarians and community leaders. The highlight of each year’s program is the author’s visit to offer a free public lecture. Zusak’s public presentation will be held Sept. 10 at First United Methodist Church of Richardson.
For a calendar of other Richardson Reads One Book events throughout the year, visit http://onebook.cor.net.