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2013 Common Book Author to Speak at Otterbein Convocation

September 18, 2013

Conor Grennan will discuss memoir of his time helping orphans of Nepal

Westerville, OH— Conor Grennan, author of Otterbein University’s 2013 Common Book, Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, will visit campus on Oct. 1-3 to discuss his book and attend events related to the book and its theme.

Grennan will speak at a convocation at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. He will sign books immediately following the convocation. On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the Department of Theatre and Dance will present scenes from Little Princes at 3:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Theatre, 100 W. Home St., and the Friends of the Courtright Memorial Library will host a small book signing and lecture at 7 p.m. in the Library, 138 W. Main St. All events are free and open to the public.

Grennan spent eight years at the EastWest Institute (EWI), both in Prague and the EU Office in Brussels. During that time, he developed and managed a wide variety of projects focusing on issues such as peace and reconciliation in the Balkans and harmonizing anti-trafficking policy. In 2001 he was made Deputy Director of EWI’s Program on Security and Good Governance, and served as the Advisor on EU Affairs to EWI’s Worldwide Security Program.

He left EWI in 2004 on an around the world trip, during which he volunteered in the Little Princes Children’s Home in the village of Godawari, Nepal. When Grennan learned that the children in the home were not orphans, but were in fact trafficked, he moved to Kathmandu, Nepal, and started Next Generation Nepal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reconnecting trafficked children with their families. Little Princes, a memoir chronicling his experiences, has been translated into 12 languages and is a New York Times bestseller.

This is the 19th year for the Common Book program, which is supported by The Thomas Academic Excellence Series and is intended to create intellectual excitement and strengthen bonds on campus by providing a shared academic experience for many surrounding an annual academic theme. For more information about the University’s Common Book program, contact Jennifer Bechtold at (614) 823-3202 or visit www.otterbein.edu/commonbook For more information about Conor Grennan or Little Princes, visit www.conorgrennan.com.

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