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The Sandcastle Girls

With Chris Bohjalian

In conversation with City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7 pm

Central Library
222 East Harvard Street
Glendale, CA 91205
Information: (818) 548-2027

"The Sandcastle Girls' is a touching story of tragedy, love, and hope set against the backdrop of one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the last century. One of Bohjalian's most epic stories and one that will have you talking about it for weeks after you're done." -- Ardy Kassakhian, City Clerk

"I have no idea what books are going to look like in 150 years. But one of the things I do know is that a library will be every bit as vital and vibrant and vigorous then as it is now. And that's because libraries today are more than just big rooms full of books. They're community centers ... there's all kinds of stuff going on and it's multi-generational. There might be bone builders for seniors, there might be children's storyhours for toddlers, there might be people on computers. It's such a great vibe in a library."

Chris Bohjalian on his hometown Lincoln Library, from Path To Vermont (YouTube video).

The Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department 2014 One Book/One Glendale reading event will feature award winning author Chris Bohjalian who will discuss his epic novel of the Armenian Genocide, The Sandcastle Girls. Hardcover, paperback, audiobook, large type, eBook and eAudio versions of The Sandcastle Girls are available can be borrowed from all Library, Arts & Culture locations, reserved from the catalog or borrowed online. The One Book/One Glendale reading event brings the community together to read and experience the same book. For more information call 818-548-2027.

Chris Bohjalian is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books, including nine New York Times bestsellers. His work has been translated into over 25 languages and three times become movies. The Sandcastle Girls was a New York Times Bestseller and an Oprah.com Book of the Week. The Washington Post, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews named it a Best Book of 2012. Awards for The Sandcastle Girls include the ANCA Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide; the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal by His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia.

Praise for The Sandcastle Girls

Stirring. . .A deeply moving story of survival and enduring love."
-- Carol Memmott, USA Today

"Bohjalian deftly weaves the many threads of this story back and forth, from past to present, from abuse to humanity, from devastation to redemption. His ability to add irony and wit makes the contrasting horrors even more intense. . .Staggering. . .[and] utterly riveting."
-- Eugenia Zukerman, The Washington Post

"A searing, tightly woven tale of war and the legacy it leaves behind... A nuanced, sophisticated portrayal of what it means not only to endure, but to insist on hope."
-- Nathalie Gorman, Oprah.com

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Sponsored by the Library, Arts & Culture Department.

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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