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Steven Galloway is a novelist whose books include Finnie Walsh, Ascension, and The Cellist of Sarajevo, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was chosen as Toronto Public Library’s One Book community read. He lives in New Westminster, British Columbia.


Steven Galloway on The Confabulist

Award History

2014 Finalist

Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
for The Confabulist

Jury Citation

“Shredding and reassembling history into a thrilling story that is part spy mystery and part historical intrigue, The Confabulist challenges our notions of what is real and what is illusion. Like a well-executed stage show, this novel does the truly remarkable on every page, creating a sprawling story with taut, precise prose. Steven Galloway manages, like his central figure, Harry Houdini, to do the seemingly impossible right in front of our eyes over and over again — even when we’re watching for it — beguiling us and making it look easy.” — 2014 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Neil Bissoondath, Helen Humphreys, and George Murray)

Works recognized by WT

The Confabulist