Greenwich Reads Together
We invite the community to join us for programs and discussion groups designed to enhance and deepen understanding of The Book Thief. All programs are free and open to the public. You don't have to read the book to participate. Please watch the local media and this website for additional programs and discussion groups.
Click here for the Greenwich Reads Together Program Schedule
Click here for the Greenwich Reads Together Bibliography
Click here for a Discussion Guide for The Book Thief
Click here for Tips on Leading a Book Discussion
Please fill out our Program Evaluation form
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is the book that has been chosen by the community for Greenwich Reads Together.
After much deliberation, the Greenwich Reads Together Selection Committee selected The Book Thief from a list of more than 40 nominees. The Book Thief was selected for its high literary quality, reflection of universal issues, and capability of generating thought-provoking discussion and appeal to a diverse population. The Selection Committee was comprised of distinguished members of the community including Greenwich High School English Teacher and Program Administrator Brigid Barry, WGCH Radio host Darby Cartun, former Superintendant of Schools Ernie Fleishman, author and publishing consultant Lucy Hedrick, National Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman, freelance journalist and writer Shashi Khorana and Brunswick junior Will Peisch.
Set during World War II in Germany, The Book Thief is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist — books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
more about the author and book
Watch Markus Zusak discussing The Book Thief at Greenwich Library
Watch an interview with Markus Zusak discussing The Book Thief
Watch the Official Book Announcement
Watch a Reading of The Book Thief by National Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman
The Book Thief Links
Additional Markus Zusak Titles
About Greenwich Reads Together
Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. Several community organizations have formed a Steering Committee to lead this effort including Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Library, Greenwich Pen Women and Greenwich Public Schools. In Winter/Spring 2011, the whole community explored The Book Thief by Markus Zusak through discussions, programs and lectures.
Leave your comments about the book here.
Community Partners 2011
For more information: