GLENDALE—Antonia Arslan, the author of The Road to Smyrna, will speak about her book on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium, 222 East Harvard Street. The lecture is in English & Armenian. Gohar Sahakyan will be translating the lecture and the following Q&A session for Armenian speakers in the audience. Admission is free; seating is limited. Library visitors receive 3 hours FREE parking across the street at The Market Place parking structure with validation at the Loan Desk.
Antonia Arslan is an Italian author and academic of Armenian origin. She was born in Padova, Italy. In 2004 she stunned the literary world with her first novel La Masseria delle Allodole, which was translated as The Skylark Farm into twenty languages. She is the winner of over twenty literary awards, including the Passate Edizioni Premio (PEN) award, the Premio Manzoni, and the Premio Stresa di Narrativa awards. She has since published La Strada di Smirne (2007), Il cortile dei Girasoli Parlanti (2011), and a third Armenian novel, Il libro di Mush (The Book of Mush, 2012).
The setting of The Road to Smyrna (La Strada di Smirne): It is 1916. The Armenian homeland in Anatolia is barren. The last of that ancient people is marching to Der Zor. Shushanig Arslanian and her four children are hiding in a cellar in Aleppo after their dramatic escape. Yerwant Arslanian is in Padova, organizing their transportation to Venice. The war is still raging, and going very badly for the Ottomans.
The program is sponsored by the Library, Arts & Culture Department, the Friends of the Glendale Public Library and the Center for Armenian Remembrance in cooperation with Abril Books.