The Cellist of Sarajevo
About One Book
This year, as part of the Keep Toronto Reading Festival, the library has chosen Steven Galloway's novel, The Cellist of Sarajevo, as its One Book community read. We invite you to read the novel and then participate in special events throughout April.
Steven Galloway's national bestseller tells the story of three civilians trying to survive in a besieged city, and of the mournful cellist who plays undaunted in their midst.
One day a shell lands in a bread line and kills 22 people. The cellist, witness to the horrific act, vows to sit in the hollow where the mortar fell and play Albinoni's Adagio every day for 22 days to honour each of the victims. What will his tribute mean to the citizens of Sarajevo? And who will protect the cellist from the snipers surrounding him?
The Cellist of Sarajevo is a beautiful and unforgettable story that speaks to the redemptive power of art.
About the Author
Steven Galloway is the author of Finnie Walsh, Ascension and The Cellist of Sarajevo. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages. He teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia and lives with his family in New Westminster, BC. His new novel, The Confabulist, will be published in April 2014.
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Libraries are more than just repositories for books. Libraries are one of the places where a collective conversation takes place, and that conversation is the fundamental building block of our civilization. Without it, we would have nothing. Programs like One Book are an essential and innovative way of keeping this conversation going, and I'm honoured and thrilled that a book of mine will have the role of catalyst.