DARIEN — Markus Zusak, the international best-selling author of “The Book Thief,” will make a stop in town March 14 as part of 10-city tour celebrating the novel’s 10th anniversary.

The Australian writer released the young adult novel in 2006 to critical acclaim. Set in Nazi Germany during World War II, “The Book Thief” tells the story of a young girl named Liesel who becomes fascinated with books and the power of words. It won numerous awards upon its release, including Publishers Weekly’s “Best Children’s Book of the Year,” and was adapted into a film in 2013.

Zusak is to begin his local tour speaking to students at Darien High School. Following his appearance at the school, he’ll sign copies of the special hardcover 10th anniversary edition of the book at Barrett Bookstore before concluding his visit at Stamford’s Avon Theatre. A screening of the film will follow Zusak’s presentation.

“As the world again faces a different evil, it seems crucial to remind readers of the power of words to inspire freedom and love in the midst of chaos and control,” said Sheila Daley, owner of Barrett Bookstore.

Contact the Avon Theatre at 203-661-0321 for tickets and more information.

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