David Benioff
David Benioff

Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

David Benioff, author of City of Thieves, will be our featured speaker.

The novel opens mid-siege as young Lev Beniov, small, smart, but insecure, is one of a handful of young men left in the city in 1942. Too young for service in the army, but old enough to refuse to accompany his mother out of town, he fends for himself. When a dead Nazi paratrooper lands in the middle of the square near his apartment building, he’s the only kid caught for looting the body. Dragged by the police to jail, he’s sure his life is over. The charge for looting is execution. Lev shares a cell with the charismatic, unflappable, and grandiose Kolya, a handsome young soldier arrested on desertion charges. Instead of facing the firing squad, Lev and Kolya are given a chance at survival by completing a seemingly unachievable task: securing a dozen eggs for a powerful colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unspeakable deprivation, where the glue in the binding of books serves as a form of nourishment, the pair embarks on a hunt to find the impossible.

About the Author

David Benioff is an author and screenwriter. He adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into a feature film directed by Spike Lee, adapted The Kite Runner for the screen, and wrote the screenplay of Wolverine. His most recent screenplay, Brothers, was directed by Jim Sheridan and will be released in October of this year. His short story collection, When the Nines Roll Over, received critical acclaim. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).