Molly Stern’s Read It Forward Moment: City of Thieves by David Benioff

"The funny thing about this book: it was given to me originally on a single piece of paper."

David Benioff

Today’s Read It Forward Moment comes from Molly Stern, publisher, Crown Publishers and Broadway Books as well as David Benioff.

“I love this book, it’s brilliant, amazing,” says Molly about David Benioff’s City of Thieves. “The funny thing about this book: it was given to me originally on a single piece of paper. I was an editor at Viking, and I was working with David – who’s a friend and a brilliant writer – and when he gave me this piece of paper, I was skeptical about what it would become and how it would become a great novel.

But in fact it did. And that novel is City of Thieves. From one piece of paper, a manuscript came in six years later, and I was very proud of the work with David. I can’t encourage you enough to read this book. I gave it to my friends – and I have many people say to me that they pass it on to everyone they know.”

Read a rave review of City of Thieves in The New York Times, and enjoy a Q&A with David Benioff in New York magazine.

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DAVID BENIOFF was born and raised in New York City. He adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into the feature film directed by Spike Lee. With many other screenplays to his credit, he is also the writer of the films, “Brothers” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. Stories from his critically acclaimed collection When the Nines Roll Over appeared in Best New American Voicesand The Best Nonrequired American Reading. His latest novel is City of Thieves. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter where he is a co-creator and writer for the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones.”

About Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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