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If you're a voracious reader like me, check out Chicago's amazing One Book, One Chicago program. Launched in 2011, our wonderful Chicago Public Library hosts dozens of book discussion groups and free or low cost public programming related to one book each season of the year. This fall's selection, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, is now on stage at the Steppenwolf for Young Adults.
This is a wonderful opportunity to share a hope-filled book with the tween or teen in your life, and then catch the stage adaptation by one of Chicago's best theatre ensembles.
With this latest selection, the Chicago Public Library and the Steppenwolf have added themselves to the Now Is The Time initiative, which hopes to stimulate a much-needed, citywide conversation about making positive changes in our communities.
Hauntingly narrated by Death, The Book Thief tells the story of Leisel Meminger, a young girl struggling to survive in Nazi Germany. Though Liesel's life is filled with violence, despair, worry and fear, she is guided and inspired by her love of books. Her story is touching and I guarantee that you won't be able to put down The Book Thief. Being able to see Liesel's story come to life on the Steppenwolf stage is the icing on the cake.
The Book Thief plays in Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St) through November 11. Tickets are available at Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St) at 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.