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David Benioff’s Novel City of Thieves Out in Paperback

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Aired 4/16/09

David Benioff's second novel, City of Thieves, has just come out in paperback to great acclaim and a debut at #4 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Set during the 1942 siege of Leningrad, it tells the story of a young man, his bigger-than-life sidekick, and one unlikely mission that will save their very lives.

Maureen Cavanaugh: A novel set during the occupation of Leningrad during World War II, with much of the plot revolving around a search for eggs, is not what you'd call a likely topic from the pen of a Hollywood screenwriter. But while a brief description of David Benioff's novel City of Thieves may seem an odd addition to his resume, the book itself is full of screen-ready characters, action and drama. The novel follows the story of teenage citizen-soldier Lev and his more wordly-companion Kolya as they endure starvation, imprisonment and are sent on an almost impossible mission. Along the way, the novel explores the ravages and lunacy of a long-ago war, in a remarkably contemporary way.

City of Thieves has just come out in paperback. Author David Benioff's first novel The 25th Hour, was made into a movie by Spike Lee. And he's also written the screenplay for this year's X-Men spin-off Wolverine

David Benioff will sign copies of his book City of Thieves this Saturday night, April 18th, at 7:30pm at Warwicks Bookstore in La Jolla.

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David Benioff is an author and screenwriter. His latest book is City of Thieves, which has just come out in paperback. It debuted at #4 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

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