Location Abril Books
415 E. Broadway
Events at Abril Books
The store and the Armenian Film Foundation presents a free screening of the Armenian rock opera “Taparum” (Wandering), the story of a Diaspora Armenian, the victim of historic injustice, directed by Arshualuys Harutyunyan at 7:30 p.m.
Author will be introduced by historian Dr. Garabet Kk. Moumdjian. "Armenians in the Okhrana" is comprised of more than fifty documents from the Russian archives which find the imperial security organs caught in a struggle against the empire’s ethnic Armenian subjects. Popularly referred to as the Okhrana, the Russian security services were perceived as the nefarious predecessors of the Cheka and the KGB and as early precursors to the security apparatuses of the totalitarian regimes that were to appear throughout the twentieth century. The book provides a vivid palette on law, politics, revolution and the dynamic environment Russia, Europe, the Middle East and the Armenians occupied in the years leading up to World War I. Vartkes Yeghiayan is an attorney in Los Angeles. He served as the assistant director of the Peace Corps under successive presidential administrations and has in recent years filed restitution cases on behalf of victims of genocide and other crimes against humanity.
"Within a Diminishing Caricature" is both a melancholy defeat and a quiet celebration of the vast intricacy of life. An increasingly human gust of wind, sixty-five vignettes, and an LSD-influenced suicide note only scratch the surface of the forces that reveal the cause of a young man’s suicide. An ‘uncoming of age’ story, a necrography, and a psycho-social adventure exploring why we do the strange things we do. SAMUEL ARMEN was born in Gyumri, Armenia in 1988 - just prior to the Gyumri-Spitak earthquake. By the age of five, he was adopted into an Armenian-American family in Long Island, New York. His undergraduate experience includes studying behavioral psychology at Boston University, screen-writing at NYU: Tisch, and English Literature at St. John's University. He received his Masters in Education in Adolescent English at CUNY: Hunter College. He currently teaches High School English and AVID in Brooklyn, New York.
"Wandering" (Taparum) is a rock-opera about a Diaspora Armenian. As a victim of historic injustice, James becomes a victim of a car accident. The doctors find his situation hopeless and transplant his brain into another patient of a different nationality. As a result, James’s soul is not accepted into Heaven, for it is incomplete. He returns and participates at his own funeral, thus finding himself in tragicomic situations on the crossroads of Heaven and Earth. John Heral, who has the implanted brain, periodically expresses ‘absent-minded’ thoughts, about some genocide and his being a son of an expatriated family. The two sufferers provoke the wrath of the saints, and thus the promised flood begins for the intolerable sins of the humankind. However the rain in reality turns out to be for rectification.
The book store’s Roslin Art Gallery presents artist Seeroon Yeretzian’s “Four Seasons,” an exhibition featuring Armenian motifs on view from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through July 26.