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Aris Janigian and his new novel “This Angelic Land”

2013 March 1
by Narek Sevacheryan

The Armenian Society Columbia University, the Armenian Center at Columbia University, and AGBU University Outreach invite you to a book reading and discussion, featuring author Aris Janigian and his new novel, “This Angelic Land.”

The story of Adam Derderian, a hip, 27-year old bar owner, during his six-day journey through the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

The event will take place at Hamilton Hall 602; Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30pm.

Please RSVP by email or through Facebook.

~Free Admission~

Aris Janigian: Considered one of the most important Armenian-American novelists working today, Janigian is the author of three critically acclaimed novels – Bloodvine, Riverbig, and his latest, This Angelic Land. All three stories place ethnic Armenian characters against the backdrop of the American cultural landscape. This Angelic Land is set during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. In tapping themes of exile, memory, and assimilation, Janigian uses the Armenian experience as a lens through which to explore the central American experience. Holding a Ph.D. in psychology, from 1993 to 2005, Janigian was senior professor of Humanities at Southern California Institute of Architecture. Aside from his novels, he is co-author, along with April Greiman, of Something for Nothing, a book on the philosophy of graphic design. He was a contributing writer to West, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, a finalist for the William Saroyan Fiction Prize, and the recipient of the Anahid Literary Award from Columbia University. He is a contributing writer to

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