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Anahid Played Soorp: The Finding of Aran Pirian

With Mark Kadian

Friday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.

Central Library Auditorium
222 East Harvard Street
Glendale, CA 91205
Information: (818) 548-3288 or egrigorian@ci.glendale.ca.us

Mark Kadian from Detroit will present his first novel Anahid Played Soorp: The Finding of Aran Pirian. The presentation will be in English.

Anahid Played Soorp: The Finding of Aran Piran, is a historical novel set in the final years of the Ottoman Empire amid the throes of the Armenian Genocide. Aran Pirian, the son of an academician father and musician mother, has all of life's essentials and more. But Aran and his younger sister, Anahid, are unaware of what is about to come as World War I and a Turkish nationalist movement intent on ethnic cleansing intervene and subsume their lives. A knock on the door of their home and the abrupt seizure by Ottoman soldiers of Aran's father, Hovan, marks the beginning of events which force Aran, Anahid and their mother, Marem, on a harrowing journey. With the assistance of a Turkish friend and colleague, Aran and his family go into hiding. Later found and imprisoned in a death camp then sent into the desert borderlands, Aran and his family manage to escape among a caravan of Armenian refugees. Traveling with only a few of their most cherished items stored in a small truck and forced to seek sustenance wherever it can be found, will Aran and his family manage to survive? Aran would have no choice in finding out.

Mark Kadian received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Juris Doctor from the Case Western University School of Law. His next novel, which is due out in the beginning of 2015, is set in Prohibition Era Detroit, where speakeasies and rum-running were as ubiquitous as the Model T Ford. He practices law in the Detroit area where he lives with his wife and four daughters.

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Seating is limited. Library visitors receive 3 hours FREE parking across the street at The Market Place parking structure with validation at the loan desk.

The Library has personal listening devices for assisted amplification. Please ask before the programs begin or call Library Administration (8am-5pm, M-F, 818-548-2030) to reserve a device.

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