Peter Balakian to Read from Ziggurat in California


SAN FRANCISCO — Peter Balakian will read from his new book of poems Ziggurat (published by The University of Chicago Press) and will also discuss issues concerning the Armenian Genocide and contemporary affairs during a question-and-answer session.

Balakian will read at the following locations: November 18, 7 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park; November 20, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., San Francisco; and November 21, 4 p.m., Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley and November 22, 7 p.m., ALOUD Reading Series. Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library of Los Angeles, 630 West Fifth St.

For reservations and information on the latter, visit

In Ziggurat, Balakian continues to define himself as one of the most distinctive voices of his generation.

He explores history, self and imagination, as well as his ongoing concerns with catastrophe and trauma.

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Balakian is the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in Humanities and professor of English at Colgate University.

He is the author of five books of poems including June-tree: New and Selected Poems 1974-2000, and three prose works, including The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, a New York Times best seller, and Black Dog of Fate, winner of the PEN/Albrand Prize for memoir. For further information about Balakian’s tour, visit

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