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Literary Lights: Featuring Nancy Agabian

November 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The International Armenian Literary Alliance (IALA), the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), and the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center are pleased to invite you to their penultimate 2023 Literary Lights event, featuring Nancy Agabian, author of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction finalist The Fear of Large and Small Nations. Please note: due to daylight savings in the US, this event will take place on November 5, 2023 at 10:00 AM Pacific | 1:00 PM Eastern | 10:00 PM Armenia time. Agabian will be joined by Aida Zilelian, the author of The Legacy of Lost Things (2015) and the forthcoming All the Ways We Lied (2024). Register using this link:–vqzotE91p9RalorDjit4TnP5051yP#/registration

In this epic feminist-misadventure story, a bisexual woman returns to her twice-estranged homeland determined to find belonging. Alongside a mosaic of artists, intellectuals, and students facing restrictive gender politics, she sifts through her own traumatic history of genocide and survival, bears witness to post-Soviet echoes, all the while navigating the vulnerable borders that exist between nations and individuals. This riveting, multilayered novel will make you laugh, cry, rage, and in the end, hold it tenderly against your heart.” — Catherine Kapphahn, Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me

Literary Lights is a monthly reading series featuring new works of literature by Armenian authors. This event is also sponsored by the Armenian Bar Association.

Nancy Agabian’s previous books include Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter, a memoir honored as a Lambda Literary Award finalist for LGBT Nonfiction and shortlisted for a William Saroyan International Writing Prize, and Princess Freak, a collection of poetry and performance art texts. In 2021 she was awarded Lambda Literary Foundation’s Jeanne Cόrdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction. 

The Fear of Large and Small Nations is Agabian’s first novel, which you can learn more about and purchase today. Agabian is donating October 2023 profits from book sales to All for Armenia, and November 2023 profits to Women’s Support Center.

Aida Zilelian is a first generation American-Armenian writer, educator and storyteller from Queens, NY. She is the author of The Legacy of Lost Things (2015, Bleeding Heart Publications) which was the recipient of the 2014 Tololyan Literary Award. Her most recently completed novel, All the Ways We Lied, is slated for release in January 2024 (Keylight Books/Turner Bookstore).


November 5
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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