ASA: Armenian Students Association

New York ASA to Host Book-Signing by Agop Hacikyan, Presenting "A Summer Without Dawn"

Contact Info: Alec Gevorkyan	 
Email:   agevorkyan@hotmail.com

For Immediate Release:

New York ASA to Host Book-Signing by Agop Hacikyan, Presenting "A Summer Without Dawn"

The New York Armenian Students Association in cooperation with the Armenian Student Club 
at New York University of New York and The Armenian Network of America Greater New York Region 
are proud to present a prominent Armenian writer Agop Hacikyan, the author of 
"A Summer Without Dawn" in a book-signing event dedicated to his novel.  

The event is to take place at 7P.M. on Friday March 28th, 
at 12 Waverly Place (Basement Hall) in New York, NY. 

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NYU security requires all non students to have a GOVERNMENT ISSUED ID 
(dr.license, passport) and sign in at the security desk at the time of 
the  event.
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Mr. Hacikyan was born in Istanbul and moved to Canada in 1957.  
A Professor Emeritus of Literary Studies at le Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean 
(the Royal Military College of Canada), he is the author of twenty-one books, 
including three novels, and has translated and edited the works of major Armenian poets 
and fiction writers. He lives in Montreal.  The book  "A Summer Without Dawn" was written 
in cooperation with Jean-Yves Soucy, who is the author of several novels, short story 
collections, and books of essays.  He has also written for television and radio and 
is currently the Literary Director of the Quebec publisher VLB éditeur. 
He lives in Montreal.

"A Summer Without Dawn" is a fascinating saga of one family's unforgettable 
struggle to survive during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. This epic tale unfolds 
against the harrowing true story of the Armenian people, who were forcibly deported from the 
empire and slaughtered or left to die of starvation during a moment in history that has rarely, 
if ever, been portrayed in the pages of a novel-the Armenian Genocide.  

"A Summer Without Dawn is a rich tapestry of lives, a compelling human drama about a family 
swept up in one of history's darkest moments, and a moving portrait of a people's unbreakable 
will to survive.

In the summer of 1915 a charismatic Armenian journalist Vartan Balian is separated from 
his family and imprisoned by politicians hoping to silence him. After a daring escape, 
he becomes a fugitive and embarks on an odyssey across the vast empire. Not only is he running 
for his life, he is also searching for his wife, Maro, and their young son, Tomas. 
Forced into one of the deportee convoys headed for the Syrian desert, their numbers thinning 
every day, Maro and Tomas are saved from certain death when the Ottoman governor overseeing 
their deportation shelters them in the cloistered splendour of his palace where Maro is reluctantly 
drawn into his harem's web of betrayals and alliances. In the four years that will pass before they 
are reunited, the Balians will each confront the calamities of war and the secrets of their own heart. 

Directions to the venue: A, C, E, F, S, V trains to West 4th Street and walk to Washington Square Park East.  
The building is on Waverly Place one block east of Washington Square Park East.  
Other trains: the 6 train to Astor Place, or the N, R to 8th Street and walk West to the corner of 
Waverly and Broadway.  Walk West on Waverly to 12 Waverly Place.  

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NYU security requires all non students to have a GOVERNMENT ISSUED ID 
(dr.license, passport) and sign in at the security desk at the time of 
the  event.
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For more information, please visit NY ASA website at http://www.asainc.org/newyork