Karanian’s ‘Historic Armenia’ named 2015 Book of the Year Award finalist

‘Historic Armenia After 100 Years,’ the historical guide to Western Armenia by author Matthew Karanian, is a finalist in the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for best travel book of 2015. Foreword Reviews, the sponsor of the awards, announced the finalists this week.

‘Historic Armenia’ was published in 2015 and is the first-ever historical guide to the cultural sites of Western Armenia. The book features 125 color photographs and maps, including antique images and maps from one century ago.

The INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards honors independent publishers and university presses. Stone Garden Press, the publisher of ‘Historic Armenia,’ is an independent publisher in Pasadena, Calif.

A panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers determined the award finalists in numerous categories of fiction and non-fiction books.

Author Matthew Karanian said he is pleased with this recognition for Historic Armenia. “One of the objectives of publishing ‘Historic Armenia’ was to shine a bright light on the often-forgotten cultural heritage of the Armenians in their ancient homeland [of Western Armenia],” said Karanian. “This honor furthers that objective.”

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida in June.

‘Historic Armenia After 100 Years’ is sold at independent bookstores and at Barnes and Noble in the US, and is available for purchase online from the publisher, Stone Garden Press, at

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