Friday • August 15 • 7:00 pm SOLD OUT
Hockey is ingrained in the Canadian psyche and many Canadian authors have used it as the catalyst around which their stories are spun. None has done so better than Steven Galloway in his first novel Finnie Walsh. He followed that up with Ascension, a story about circus life and the daredevil feats of an immigrant Romanian tightrope walker. It won the Ethel Wilson Prize and has been translated into 15 languages. Next up was his international bestseller, The Cellist of Sarajevo. That one left no doubt that Steven Galloway's dues for membership in an elite Canadian literary club had been paid in full. His latest novel, The Confabulist, is about the legendary magician Harry Houdini and the man who killed him. Like The Cellist, it is fiction that uses history, period zeitgeist and real people as the basis for the story. The Romanov family, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the powerful heads of Scotland Yard add atmosphere to the thrilling story.
When he is not writing, Steven Galloway teaches other aspiring writers in his capacity as Acting Chair of the Creative Writing Program at UBC.