Abril Bookstore cordially invites you to meet

ALICE KETABGIAN
author of the the newly released book

LIFE IN ISTANBUL
One Family's Odyssey


Introduced DR. RICHARD HRAIR DEKMEJIAN
Professor of Political Science at USC

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017 - 7:30PM

ABRIL BOOKSTORE
415 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

Admission is Free. Reception to follow. 

LIFE IN ISTANBUL is a personal memoir in which the author depicts her life’s experiences while growing up in Istanbul as the child of survivors of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. She depicts further stages of the Genocide perpetrated by the Turkish government against its minorities, while living in constant fear for their lives as Christians living in a Muslim world. Part of it is a story of resilience while attempting to find a way to get out of the suffocating environment, while another part is the story of the past events of survival that her ancestors experienced. Eventual transfer to the United States to continue her education comes with its own unique encounters, both in school and life itself which adds to the immigrant’s narrative.      
 
ALICE KETABGIAN was born and raised in Istanbul , Turkey and is a descendent of Genocide Survivors. She received her childhood education from Aramyan Ounchiyan elementary school in Kadikoy, followed by a high school education at Uskiidar Amerikan Kiz Lisesi in Uskiidar. Upon arrival in Southern California in 1962, she attended La VerneCollege for two years and transferred to UCLA to receive an M.S. in Human Physiology from the School of Medicine in 1968. With a newly-revived interest in Armenian history and literature, she translated Anneannem of Fethiye Cetin to English in 2006 (unpublished). An account of her Pilgrimage to Historic Armenia was published in the Armenian Observer the same year.