WAUKESHA, WIS.—Steven Galloway, author of the international best-seller "The Cellist of Sarajevo," will be the keynote speaker at Carroll University's Opening Convocation on Sept. 4, 2013. The event will be at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave. It is free and open to the public.
Galloway's talk, "The Cellist of Sarajevo: Artistic Engagement and the Construction of Humanity," will be the kickoff event in the university's yearlong theme of Humanity. In classrooms, workshops and discussions, and through the performing arts, the Carroll community will look at how things such as war, ethics, science, religion, hunger, abuse and lack of civility affect our humanity, both individually and collectively.
Other yearlong themes have included Food in 2010-2011, Water in 2011-2012 and Energy in 2012-2013.
Galloway, a British Columbia, Canada, native, published "The Cellist of Sarajevo," his third novel, in 2008. Based on a real cellist in war-torn Sarajevo, the novel follows the lives of four citizens as they struggle to survive. It has become an international bestseller with rights sold in 20 countries. His debut novel, "Finnie Walsh," was nominated for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award. His second novel, "Ascension," was nominated for the BC Book Prizes' Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and has been translated into numerous languages.
Galloway has taught creative writing at the University of British Columbia and taught and mentored creative writing at The Writer's Studio, and in the writing and publishing program at Simon Fraser University. He has won the Borders Original Voice Award, the OLA Evergreen Award, and the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, and been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Richard & Judy Book of the Year Award and the Canadian Booksellers Association Fiction Award.