March 12, 2013 - 10:10 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Writer/activist Nancy Kricorian will present Wednesday, March 20 her newly published book, All the Light there Was, followed by a discussion. The presentation is in English.
All the Light there Was, was inspired by the life of resistance leader and Armenian Genocide survivor Missak Manouchian. Kricorian delved into the Armenian experience in Paris during World War II, interviewing survivors, including the last living member of Manouchian’s team.
Kricorian weaves her exhaustive historical research, her own Armenian heritage and her lifelong commitment to human rights causes into this beautiful and haunting tale. The story explores the Armenian immigrant experience through the eyes of a precocious young heroine, fourteen-year-old Maral lives with her family in Paris, like many others who survived the Armenian genocide in their homeland at the start of the Nazi occupation,
Nancy Kricorian, author of the novels Zabelle and Dreams of Bread and Fire, is a widely published essayist and activist. After graduating from Dartmouth, Nancy studied and worked in Paris before earning an MFA in writing at Columbia University. As an activist, she is involved with CODEPINK: Women for Peace and the Occupy Wall Street Global Justice Working Group. She lives in New York City.
“In order to create the characters in my novels, I collect stories. It’s like being a collage artist, or maybe more like a bird building a nest with twigs, grasses, old feathers, bits of twine and other scraps. I find these stories in history books, memoirs, letters and documentary films. For all three of my novels so far, I have had the good fortune of talking with people who lived through the events that I am dramatizing in my fiction.”
The program is sponsored by the Library, Arts & Culture Department, Abril Books and the Friends of the Glendale Library.