CCC&TI Writer’s Symposium to Host Author, Humanitarian Conor Grennan April 7-8

Published Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will host Conor Grennan, author of Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, for its 2016 Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium.

The college will host a reading and discussion session with Grennan on Thursday, April 7 at 12 p.m. on CCC&TI’s Watauga Campus and at 7 p.m. at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. On Friday, April 8, the college will host a reading and discussion with Grennan at 12 p.m. in the gym on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson. All events are free and open to the public.

Author and humanitarian Conor Grennan.

Author and humanitarian Conor Grennan.

Grennan embarked on an around-the-world trip in 2004, during which he volunteered in the Little Princes Children’s Home in the village of Godawari, Nepal. When he 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. From his experiences, he penned the NY Times and #1 international bestselling memoir Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, which has been translated into 12 languages so far and has received a number of literary awards. He is a highly requested speaker at universities and corporations and was named a Huffington Post Game Changer of the Year in 2011.

Grennan is a citizen of the United States and Ireland and a graduate of the University of Virginia and the NYU Stern School of Business, where he served as president of the student body. He currently resides with his wife and two children in Los Angeles, Calif.

Many CCC&TI students are reading Grennan’s novel this semester as part of the English and Reading curriculum.

Laurette LePrevost, former Dean of Arts and Sciences for CCC&TI, was instrumental in building the Writers Symposium into an annual event that has brought in such renowned writers as Maya Angelou, Ernest Gaines, Nikki Giovanni, Robert Morgan and Clyde Edgerton. Under her leadership and guidance, CCC&TI’s symposium has become the longest-running consecutively held Writers Symposium in western North Carolina and one of the longest in the Southeast. The Writers Symposium series was renamed in her honor when she retired in 2004.

Support for the Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium is provided by the Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. For more information on CCC&TI’s Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium, call 828-726-2321.

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