Author Markus Zusak pays a virtual visit to Sarasota County for One Book

Markus Zusak, the author of this year’s One Book Sarasota selection, “The Book Thief”, will visit Sarasota County virtually via Skype from his home in Australia on Monday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Sarasota High School, 1000 South School Ave., Sarasota. Zusak’s visit is the culmination of this season’s One Book, One Community program.

The finale will also include a talk by Dr. Matthew McLendon, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, on “Degenerate Art: The Nazi Rejection of Modernism.” The finalists for the next One Book, One Community program will be announced during the evening. Seating is limited for this free event. Tickets will be available at the Sarasota County Libraries on Monday, Feb.7.

The Feb. 21 finale is one of many One Book, One Community events happening around the county including:

  • Feb. 8, “An Afternoon Salon: Engaging The Book Thief” at USF Sarasota-Manatee in the Selby Auditorium.
  • Feb. 16, Dr. Helen N. Fagin presents “A Critique of The Book Thief” at the New College/USF Jane Bancroft Cook Library.

Book discussions are scheduled at Borders Book Store, Gulf Gate Library and the North Port Library.  The One Book, One Community website,, has complete event information.

Started in 2003, the Sarasota County Library System “One Book, One Community” program has a goal of promoting literacy, intergeneration discussion; and fostering a sense of community by bringing participants together to read. The program encourages reading by recommending a compelling book that links the community in a common conversation. One Book programs encourage dialogue about a particular book, but also foster lifelong learning and the development of a strong community identity.

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 or visit

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