Bohjalian, Sandcastle Girls at Watertown Public Library



WATERTOWN — Chris Bohjalian — 10-time New York Times bestselling author — will appear at the Watertown Free Public Library on March 26, as “One Book, One Watertown 2015” reads The Sandcastle Girls in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

The staff of the Watertown Free Public Library invites the community to read The Sandcastle Girls, and to join in March programs which commemorate and explore the Armenian Genocide, its history, and legacy and Armenian culture today.

The novel is a cross-generational family saga that spans the 20th century and the miles from Aleppo and Der-el-Zor, Syria in 1915 to Boston, New York and Watertown in the present day. Though a work of fiction, this bestselling novel will serve as a powerful catalyst for conversation and remembrance.

Copies of The Sandcastle Girls are available throughout the library. Large Print, Book on CD, Playaway, eBook and eAudio formats are also available.

All programs take place at the Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main St.

  • Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. Community Book Discussion
  • Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. American Missionaries During the Armenian Genocide. Barbara Merguerian, Ph.D, Vice President of the Armenian Museum of America, will explore the role of American missionaries who brought aid to the Armenian people, and the challenges they faced in their work in the Middle East.
  • Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. the Armenian folk-jazz fusion group Musaner will present a concert of vibrant new compositions grounded in a legacy of Armenian folk music.
  • Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. the library will screen “Armenian Exile,” a video self-portrait by Hagop Goudsouzian. Filmed on location in Armenia, the filmmaker chronicles his quest for identity, as he discovers what his Armenian heritage means to him in the Diaspora. Born in Egypt, Hagop Goudsouzian is a Canadian filmmaker of Armenian descent. Goudsouzian has produced and directed over 250 television programs.
  • Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. the library welcomes Chris Bohjalian, author of The Sandcastle Girls, to talk about his experience writing the book, and the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Light refreshments by Sevan Bakery will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. and books will be available for purchase from Back Pages Books of Waltham. Tickets are required and space is limited for the event. Tickets may be purchased at the library’s Circulation Desk for $5 each (cash or check only, limit 4 per person) beginning February 26.

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