New York Times Bestselling Author Conor Grennan to Speak March 17 At Huntington Beach Central Library

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., March 7, 2015 – Conor Grennan, whose New York Times best-selling book, “Little Princes”, describes his own journey to Nepal to rescue children trapped in human trafficking and slavery, will be the featured speaker at the Huntington Beach Central Library at 7 p.m. March 17.

Sponsored by Huntington Beach Reads One Book (HBReads), the event at the library theater is free and open to the public.

Attendees will hear first-hand how Grennan decided at age 30 to take a year-round trip around the world.  On the first leg of his journey, he volunteered at the Little Princes Orphanage in war-torn Nepal and found himself in the middle of human trafficking turmoil.

After learning that many of the kids in the orphanage were not orphans but rather had been taken from their homes and families by child traffickers, Grennan saved several of the children by placing them in safe orphanages and arranging for qualified staffing at the Little Princes Orpanage. 

He managed to escape Nepal one day before revolution erupted in Kathmandu, with the King’s police shooting protestors in the streets. After returning home, however, he learned that the seven kids he rescued had disappeared, snatched again by the same trafficker.   Soon he was back in Nepal, where he began searching for the young victims.  

Once the seven children were found, he decided to start an entire new program dedicated to reuniting kids with their families.  His organization, Next Generation Nepal, has reconnected almost 300 families with children they feared were lost to them forever.

Grennan’s appearance culminates a year-long campaign by HBReads, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the local community to diverse cultures and people from across America and the world.  Special events, such as seminars, book fairs, high school reading assignments and children’s reading programs, were held in the months leading up to the March 17 speech.

In years past, HBReads book topics have included bullying, autism, discrimination and other human rights issues.

About HBReads (www.hbreads.org)

Huntington Beach Reads One Book (HBReads) is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 to invite readers in Huntington Beach – adults, students and families – to learn about the diversity of people, cultures and to discuss new perspectives.   It introduces them to authors and sponsors a variety of programs that share the art, music, food and experiences of the story.  Each year the group selects one book to be read and discussed at the same time by the entire community.  HBReads is endorsed by the HB City Council, the Human Relations Task Force and the Huntington Beach Library board of trustees and its corporate sponsors include the Kiwanis International of Huntington Beach and Boeing Corporation.  Address:  419 Main St., Ste. 38, Huntington Beach, Calif.  Phone:  (714) 497-3237.  Website:  www.hbreads.org.

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