Steven Galloway, author of “The Cellist of Sarajevo,” to speak Monday at the Roni Chenowith Center in Fallston

Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, will be appearing at the Roni Chenowith Center on October 1st.

Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, is scheduled to speak Monday, Oct. 1 at the Roni Chenowith Center in Fallston as part of the 2012 One Maryland One Book program presented by the Harford County Public Library and the Harford County Department of Community Services. Here are the details:


One Maryland One Book Author Steven Galloway to Speak at Roni Chenowith Center

(Belcamp, Maryland – September 20, 2012)  Harford County Public Library is pleased to welcome author Steven Galloway to the Roni Chenowith Center on October 1st at 7:30 pm in partnership with the Harford Community College Library and the Harford County Department of Community Services.  Mr. Galloway’s book The Cellist of Sarajevo was selected for the 2012 One Maryland One Book program and is being read throughout the fall at libraries and activities centers across the county. The One Maryland One Book program is brought to Harford County through the Maryland Center of the Book at the Maryland Humanities Council.

“A common love of literature brings people together like few things in life. Through One Maryland One Book, the Maryland Humanities Council touches almost every corner of the state,” stated Andrea Lewis, One Maryland One Book coordinator at the Maryland Humanities Council. “Each year program participants are eager for the opportunity to hear the author of our book as an enriching aspect of their experience with the program.”  This year offers Harford County readers an exceptional opportunity to explore humanity in wartime with an author who manages to rise above time and place and openly explore how war can change one’s definition of humanity.


Published in 2008, The Cellist of Sarajevo has become an international bestseller and fits perfectly into the One Maryland One book 2012 theme Courage and Unity During Times of War.  The book is spare and haunting, wise and intelligent, On the surface it would seem to be anything but uplifting, but Canadian novelist Steven Galloway has gone past the everyday realities of war.  The Cellist of Sarajevo tells the universal truths of what it is to be human and Galloway has created a testament to the endurance of the spirit and the subtle ways individuals reclaim their humanity in a city ravaged by war.

Registration for this author visit is suggested.  Please contact the library at 410-273-5600 for registration and further information.

Celebrating its fifth year, One Maryland One Book is Maryland’s only statewide community reading program. It is designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through a shared experience: the reading and thoughtful discussion of the same book. The Maryland Center of the Book at the Maryland Humanities Council partners with public libraries, high schools, colleges and universities, museums, bookstores, correctional facilities and other organizations to bring book-centered discussions and other related programs to communities across Maryland.

The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) is a statewide, educational 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that utilizes the humanities to encourage informed dialogue and increased civic engagement.  MHC encourages Marylanders with different backgrounds and viewpoints to see, hear, and learn more about others and themselves because only informed engaged citizens can build healthy, democratic societies.  To learn more, visit

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 175,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of 4.5 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.


The Cellist of Sarajevo, 2012 One Maryland One Book selection.