PHILADELPHIA — From Horror to Hope, a collection of stories of Armenian Genocide survivors, was named a Finalist by the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the memoir category (overcoming adversity/tragedy/challenges). It contains some 66 stories and showcases an overview of brief historical facts, achievements and anecdotes of the Philadelphia Armenians.
“It was important to write the stories for our children as we were told by our parents since we are the bridge generation,” said Margo Parnagian-Silk whose idea was the impetus for this book. “The focus was not only to memorialize the accounts of the genocide survivors but also pay tribute to our immigrants who built a community and contributed to society.”
The book evolved on the heels of the 2015 Philadelphia centennial anniversary event “We Not Only Survived, We Thrive” commemorating the Armenian Genocide.
In true Philadelphia-Armenian style, a spirit of unity, this project was successful because of the participation of representatives from the five area churches.
Another goal, to distribute this book outside the Armenian community, was also met with over 100 books donated to educational institutions and organizations that research or teach genocide.
The award ceremony was held on May 31, at the Harvard Club in New York City. Receiving the award on behalf of the book committee were Carole Long Karabashian and Silk.