By Harry A. Kezelian
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — The publication of Edmond Azadian’s Armenian-langue new book, Jamanakeh yev Jamanakakitsneroo Het (Time and …..) was presented on Wednesday, May 8, at the AGBU Alex and Marie Manoogian School in Southfield, in a literary evening sponsored by the Detroit Chapter of the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA). The book entails Azadian’s thoughts on different literary figures he has encountered in his time, and criticism of their works. On this occasion, the speakers took the opportunity to not only celebrate the new book, but to celebrate the life work of Azadian.
The chairwoman of the Detroit TCA, Diana Alexanian, welcomed the guests with her bright smile and warmth, then turned the microphone over to the day’s master of ceremonies, Sebouh Avedikian. Avedikian introduced each speaker in his professional tones in English and Armenian. He made a special introduction for the first speaker, Very Rev. Andon Atamian of St. Vartan’s Armenian Catholic Church, as he told the assembled group of Atamian’s brave ministry for the Armenian community in Iraq over the past 20 some years of warfare in that country.
Atamian spoke in beautiful literary Armenian, giving a traditional ode to the life work of Yervant Azadian in the Armenian cultural and especially literary worlds. His speech seemed a tribute not only to Azadian but to the beauty of the Armenian language itself.