Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Event: Author Agop Hacikyan at St.Leon, New Jersey


An Evening with Celebrated Author Agop Hacikyan

Hosted by
Vartan Abdo, Director Armenian Radio Hour of NJ

Date and Time: Friday, April 5, 2013 @ 8:30 p.m.

Join Vartan Abdo for an interview and discussion and take an exploratory journey into the mind and works of celebrated author Agop Hacikyan. Special attention shall be given to three works that saw light in 2012 and 2013.

"In The Young Man in the Gray Suit", the long-awaited sequel to the international best-seller A Summer Without Dawn, an affluent young Turkish lawyer gets news of his father’s sudden death and soon uncovers dark secrets from his family’s past—his father’s involvement in the genocide, a corrupt family empire, and an Armenian mother he has never known.

"Unmailed Letters" is a masterful translation of the insightful letters of Hambardzum Galstyan. Galstyan was a founding member of the Karabagh Committee, Mayor of Yerevan, and a defender against corruption, be it Soviet or Armenian. He was assassinated in 1994 at the age of 39. Written while imprisoned in Moscow, Unmailed Letters is a literary chronicle of the nation’s initial steps towards independence against the backdrop of a dying Empire. It is filled with moving accounts, humor, irony, and a keen sense of the absurd.

"My Ethnic Quest" presents a mosaic of ethnicities that collectively comprise Turkey. It also describes the silence imposed by the state to reduce the centuries-old mosaic into a drab mural. Hacikyan reveals how the Turkish state pressures its minorities to assimilate and reflects on episodes of severe discrimination that led to the decision to leave his native land for good.

Location:

St. Leon Armenian Church / Abajian Hall
12-61 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ
For information call 201-791-2862

This event is sponsored by:
A.G.B.U. Ararat, Constantinople Armenian Relief Society (C.A.R.S.), Esayan-Getronagan Alumni Association, Hye Doon: Armenian-American Support & Education Center, Knights of Vartan Bakradouny Lodge of NJ, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), NY Armenian Students Association, St. Leon Armenian Church,
Tekeyan Cultural Association, and Tebrevank Alumni.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the discussion and book signing.

Here is video presentation of the event by Vartan Abdo:

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