Location Abril Books
415 E. Broadway
Events at Abril Books
Meet Janice Stevens and Pat Hunter, author and aritst of the recently published book "Breaking Bread with William Saroyan" at 7:30 p.m.Dec. 8. at Abril Bookstore, 415 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205 Admission is Free. Wine and Cheese Reception to follow. The book captures the essence of William Saroyan's love for his Armenian culture through excerpts of his written words and selected authentic Armenian recipes derived from the heritage of Bitlis, as well as those reprinted from restaurateur George Mardikian’s 1942 book, Dinner at Omar Khayyam’s. More than 40 original watercolors of breads, fruits, vegetables and locales once familiar to and favored by Saroyan illustrate the book. Janice Stevens and Pat Hunter are co-owners of Gallery II in Fresno. They have collaborated on numerous books featuring Hunter’s watercolors, including William Saroyan: Places in Time.
"Whisper of the Roots" is a bilingual book presenting the surviving Armenian Evangelical sanctuaries and buildings of affiliated educational institutions which the author documented and researched during his 2008 visit to Historical Armenia and Cilicia, including such places as Aintab, Kirikhan, Konia, Kharpert, Marzovan, Ourfa, Bitlis, and Diyarbakir. Rev. Vatche Ekmekjian was born in 1970 in Aleppo, Syria. From 2002-2004 he served as the junior high and college youth minister for the Armenian Evangelical Churches of Syria. In 2005 he was ordained as minister and in 2010 he and his family moved to California to be the senior pastor of Immanuel Armenian Congregational Church, Downey (est. 1930). Currently, he is working on his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Author will be introduced by Raffi Kendirjian, Chairman of SARF (Syrian Armenian Relief Fund).