Mayor Ivy R. Taylor to Host Mayor’s Book Club Book Discussion at San Antonio Book Festival
SAN ANTONIO (March 25, 2016) – Mayor Ivy R. Taylor and the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) are continuing the Mayor’s Book Club reading initiative with a book discussion on her spring 2016 book choice “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak at the 2016 San Antonio Book Festival on Saturday, April 2. Mayor Taylor and moderator Elaine Ayala from San Antonio Express-News will host interested participants in the H-E-B Teen Author tent at 10 a.m.
“The Book Thief,” which inspired the 2013 film, is the story of Liesel Meminger, a nine-year-old German orphan who is sent to live with Hans and Rosa Hubermann in the town of Molching, shortly before World War II. Liesel begins stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist—books. With the help of her foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids. She also befriends the Jewish man who her family has hidden in their basement. Originally published in March 2006, “The Book Thief” received immediate critical acclaim and rose to the top of the New York Times bestseller list, where it has remained for the last ten years.
“I encourage everyone to read ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak, and to participate in discussions and events that focus on the themes of the book at their local branch library,” said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. “I especially encourage young adults and their parents and families to read this book together. Reading is a fun, affordable and accessible way to explore the world, meet characters and learn.”
Copies of “The Book Thief” can be checked out from any Library branch, or digitally at mysapl.org. The book is available in both English and Spanish. For more information about the Mayor’s Book Club, call 210-207-2500 or visit mysapl.org/mbc.
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