From the beloved, award-winning, bestselling author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, The Confabulist is a beautiful, suspense-filled novel that uses the life and sudden death of Harry Houdini to weave a magical tale of intrigue, love and illusion. The Confabulist weaves together the life, loves and murder of the world's greatest magician, Harry Houdini, with the story of the man who killed him (twice): Martin Strauss, an everyday man whose fate was tied to the magician's in unforeseen ways.
A cast of memorable characters spins around Houdini's celebrity-driven life, as they did in his time: from the Romanov family soon to be assassinated, to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the powerful heads of Scotland Yard, and the Spiritualists who would use whoever they could to establish their religion. A brilliant novel about fame and ambition, reality and illusion, and the ways that love, grief and imagination can alter what we perceive and believe.*
On Thursday, June 5 the Calgary Public Library is thrilled to be hosting along with Pages bookstore "An Evening with Steven Galloway" from 7 – 9 p.m. in the John Dutton Theatre (2nd floor, Central Library). Register here or call 403-260-2620.
For a taste of the thoughtful, engaging eloquence Steven Galloway puts into the presentation of his work, watch the video of our 2011 One Book One Calgary launch, in which the entire city shared the power of Galloway's 2008 novel, The Cellist of Sarajevo.
*The Confabulist book summary lifted off the library catalogue