October 21, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Armen Sahakyan
tel. (917) 428-1918

EVENT FEATURING INDIAN-AMERICAN AUTHOR’S BOOK ON THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE TO BE HELD IN NEW YORK

ANC of NY and other co-sponsoring organizations will host fiction novelist Abie Alexander for a book signing ceremony at the Armenian Center in Queens

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New York, NY – The Armenian National Committee of New York is pleased to announce a unique book signing ceremony featuring Indian-American fiction novelist Abie Alexander’s latest book For the Love of Armine dedicated to the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. The event will take place on Friday, November 6 at the Armenian National Center in Woodside, NY (6923 47th Ave, Flushing, NY 11377) starting at 8:00 PM.

“With this heart-touching story Abie enters to the hearts of everybody, including ordinary American citizens who might otherwise have little opportunity to learn about the Armenian Genocide and other atrocities committed by the Ottoman Turkish government against the Armenians and other Christian minorities,” said ANCA-ER’s Community Outreach and Communications Director Artur Martirosyan.

For the Love of Armine is a love story like no other. A story of enduring love that will warm the coldest heart. But in many ways this is more than just a love story. Although set only forty years ago, in the 1970s, the novel weaves a tapestry of the history and culture of the Armenian people going back in time to their very beginnings as a nation and down to the traumatic genocide a hundred years ago at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish empire. Now a land-locked country, Armenia in its heydays was a seafaring nation whose adventurous citizens journeyed to the farthest corners of the globe and settled down in the distant lands they reached. They were a hardworking, industrious lot who overcame adversities and calamities to maintain flourishing businesses as far away as Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Burma, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

With this novel, author Abie Alexander amplifies the voice of many who call for a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide as an international crime as well as sheds light on other episodes of the Armenian history. Alexander was born in Kerala, India and moved to the United States for career advancement. Now living in Maryland, he is a good friend of the Armenian community committed to the Armenian Genocide recognition by the US and other governments as well as working on campaigns pursued by the ANCA and the Armenian-American community at large.

The event is organized in partnership with other organizations, such as the St. Illuminator Cathedral of the Eastern Prelacy, Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society of New York, Armenian Relief Society’s New York “Mayr” Chapter as well as the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the United Nations.

The book signing ceremony will begin with opening remarks by special guest H.E. Ambassador Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, the head of the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the United Nations, as well as a presentation by the author followed by readings of book excerpts by young community representatives. The event will conclude with a Q&A session with the author, social hour with light refreshments, and musical performance by violin player Diana Vasilyan.

English and Armenian language copies of the book will be available for a purchase during the event for $25 per copy. All proceeds and donations, including US-based sales of the book through November 30, 2015, will go towards supporting the activities of ANCA Eastern Region. To make reservations or in case of questions, please, contact Artur Martirosyan, ANCA-ER Community Outreach and Communications Director at artur@anca.org.