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‘Book Thief’ author stealing into Chicago

In conjunction with its world premiere stage adaptation of “The Book Thief,” the Steppenwolf Theatre for Young Adults show that opens Saturday afternoon, Australian writer Markus Zusak, the international bestselling author of the novel that also has been chosen as the Fall 2012 “One Book, One Chiago” literary pick, will visit Chicago for multiple events.

Zusak will engage in a Q&A following the Sunday matinee performance at Steppenwolf. For information call the theater box office at (312) 335-1650 or visit www.steppenwolf.org.

He also will participate in the Teen Volume Conference at the Harold Washington Library Center at 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. Visit www. 2012teenvolumeconference.eventbrite.com for details. And at 6 p.m. the same day, also at the Library Center, he will engage in conversation with columnist Dawn Turner Trice.

Zusak’s novel, set in Nazi Germany, and narrated by “Death,” describes a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents, the other residents of their neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who hides in her home during World War II. It has sold 2.5 million copies, and been a New York Times bestseller for 265 weeks.

For more information about One Book, One Chicago, visit www.chipublib.org/eventsprog/programs/oboc/12f_book/oboc_12f_greeting.php

IN OTHER STEPPENWOLF NEWS: The company’s acclaimed mainstage production of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People,” directed by ensemble member K. Todd Freeman, and starring Mariann Mayberry as a “working poor” woman, has been extended by five performances through Nov. 17.



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