Conor Grennan, the author of the 2011 All Fairfax Reads selection, Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal was interviewed for BookCast by Fairfax County Public Library Director Sam Clay. BookCast is sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation.
Grennan will discuss his memoir during the Fall for the Book Festival at 7:30 p.m. on September 21 on the campus of George Mason University.
At the age of 29, Grennan traded his day job for a trip around the world that began with a three-month stint in an orphanage in Nepal. In his memoir, Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, Grennan chronicles his transformation from a reluctant volunteer to the founder of Next Generation Nepal , an organization that is dedicated to returning trafficked children to their parents.
During his stay as a volunteer at the Little Princes Children's Home in the village of Godawari, Nepal, he learned that not all the children at the home were orphans. Some had been trafficked. He later returned to Nepal to launch Next Generation Nepal which has reconnected some 400 children with their families.
Conor 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.
Grennan is a citizen of the U.S. and Ireland and a graduate of the University of Virginia and the NYU Stern School of Business.