Bohjalian to discuss new book, historic Armenia trip in NY and NJ

From July 8-26, New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian will be on tour to promote his latest novel, The Light in the Ruins. On Fri., July 19, Bohjalian will be at the AGBU Headquarters in New York, and later at the Hovnanian School in New Jersey, to discuss his book and his recent trip to Historic Armenia.

“I am really looking forward to returning to the Hovnanian School in New Jersey and the AGBU in Manhattan,” Bohjalian told the Armenian Weekly.

“Hamazkayin, the AGBU, and Hovnanian have been breathtakingly supportive of my work and I am grateful beyond words. And these events will be interesting because I will discussing both my new book, The Light in the Ruins, and my journey this spring to Historic Armenia.”

Bohjalian’s first event of the day will be held at 1 p.m. at the AGBU on 55 East 59th Street, 7th Floor. At 7:30 p.m. that night, he will speak at the Hovnanian School on 817 River Rd., in New Milford, N.J.

The New York event is organized by Hamazkayin of New York and the AGBU Ararat. The New Jersey event is presented by Hamazkayin of New Jersey and the Hovnanian School.

In May, following a presentation in Istanbul with Armenian Weekly Editor Khatchig Mouradian about his 2012 novel The Sandcastle Girls, Bohjalian made a 10-day visit to historic Armenia. His articles on the trip appeared in The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Burlington Free Press.

The Light in the Ruins, set in war-ravaged Tuscany, is a spellbinding novel of love, despair, and revenge. In a starred review of The Light in the Ruin in Booklist, Donna Seaman writes, “Mastering matters subtle and grotesque, Bohjalian combines intricate plotting and bewitching sensuality with historical insight and a profound sense of place to create an exceptional work of suspense rooted in the tragic aberrations of war.”

Bohjalian’s book tour will take him to New York, New Jersey, Kansas, North Carolina, Minnesota, Ohio, Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

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