USF Sarasota-Manatee hosts “literary salon” to discuss best seller

On February 8 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Arts and Sciences and Institute for Public Policy and Leadership will present “An Afternoon Salon: Engaging ‘The Book Thief’” in the Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

The event will be an interactive exploration of the world renowned book, which has won numerous awards and has been listed on the New York Times Children’s Bestseller List for over 100 weeks.  Set in Nazi Germany, it describes a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents, the other residents of their neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who hides in her home during the escalation of World War II.

Attendees will sit in a semi-circular forum to allow easy interaction with a panel comprised of USF Sarasota-Manatee students, high school students, and senior citizens.  Light refreshments will be passed, lending to a true literary “salon” ambience.  A brief video of an interview with the Australian author, Markus Zusak, will begin the discussion.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  For more information, please call (941) 359-4602 or visit