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Armenian Studies Program Book Donations

Staff Report

Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Prof. Sergio La Porta, and the Armenian Studies Program would like to thank the donors, authors, and publishers for the following books, periodicals, videos, and archival gifts, either offered personally, or to the Program.

Gaylee M. Amend, Fresno, for the gift of eighteen books by William Saroyan, many of them first editions, and for a framed set of Saroyan photographs, in memory of Ted Markarian. The books are from the collection of her late husband, Alan Amend.

Grigoris Balakian, Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1918, tr. Peter Balakian with Aris Sevag (Vintage Books: New York, 2009). The book is a memoir of Bishop Grigoris Balakian, who was arrested on April 24, 1915, along with around 250 other Armenian intellectuals, clerics, and political figures at the outset of the Armenian Genocide. His account of the tortures, deportations, and deprivations of the Armenians is an important witness to the horrors of the Armenian genocide as well as to the strength of the human spirit.

Sara Chitjian, Los Angeles, for the gift of Yerevan Magazine, volumes 1-8.

Dr. Sarkis Khantarjian, Yerevan, Armenia, for the gift of his new book, The Fate of an Armenian: The Story of One Family (Yerevan: Hayakitak, 2008). The book is about one family’s travails surviving the Armenian Genocide.

Haig Aram Krikorian, Sherman Oaks, California, for the gift of his new book, Lives and Times of the Armenian Patriarchs of Jerusalem (2009). This 821 page tome is a comprehensive history of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, as told through the tenures of the Armenian Patriarchs of Jerusalem. The book is full of interesting information about the history of the Armenians in Jerusalem.

S. M. Terzian, a gift by the author of their book, Gathered Words (Ethnic Press: Reno, Nevada, 2009). Written by a California native, this novel tackles broader issues of the Armenian genocide, self-identity, and love within the context of the discovery of cultural artifacts by an American born Armenian photographer and her former lover, a Turkish professor.

Ruth Thomasian, Project Save, Armenian Photograph Archives, Inc., Watertown, MA, for the gift of the Project Save 2010 Calendar and articles by Ruth Thomasian in The New England Journal of Photographic History.

Martin M. Tourigian, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, for the gift of two water-color paintings and the January 2010 issue of Hask.