Markus Zusak, often described as one of the most successful writers from Australia, has received numerous award and honors, both in his native country and in the United States. Born in 1975, Zusak  is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which is the Memphis Reads book for 2017. The Book Thief has been translated into more than forty languages, remaining on The New York Times bestseller list for more than 500 weeks.

“Failure has been my best friend as a writer. It tests you, to see if you have what it takes to see it through.”

Zusak lectures around the world, inspiring audiences with his own story of becoming a writer and an insider’s look at the crafting of his celebrated novel. A native of Sydney, Australia, Zusak still lives there with his wife and two children.

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