(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Author Nancy Kricorian will read from her new novel All The Light There Was at Spotty Dog Books and Ale on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 4 pm. Kricorian’s new work tells the story of an Armenian family’s struggle to survive the Nazi occupation of Paris in the 1940s, and has been called “an unforgettable story of loyalty, love and the many faces of the resistance, meticulously researched and lyrically told.”
Inspired by the life of resistance leader and Armenian genocide survivor Missak Manouchian, Kricorian delved into the Armenian experience in Paris during World War II, interviewing survivors including the last living member of Manouchian’s team. With a light hand and a poetic sensibility, Kricorian weaves her exhaustive historical research, her own Armenian heritage, and her lifelong commitment to human rights causes into this beautiful and haunting tale.
Against the fascinating backdrop of World War II-era France, All The Light There Was explores the Armenian immigrant experience through the eyes of a precocious young heroine. At the start of the Nazi occupation, fourteen-year-old Maral Pegorian is living with her family in Paris; like many others who survived the genocide in their homeland, they’ve come here to build a new life. As the Nazis march down the Rue de Belleville, the adults brace for the suffering and oppression they know all too well, but to the children, it’s a new, bewildering experience. The story follows Maral, her brother Missak, and her beloved Zaven as they learn to fight and try to survive over seven harrowing years.
Nancy Kricorian, author of the novels Zabelle and Dreams of Bread and Fire, is a widely published essayist and activist. After graduating from Dartmouth, Nancy studied and worked in Paris before earning an MFA in writing at Columbia University. As an activist, she is involved with CODEPINK: Women for Peace and the Occupy Wall Street Global Justice Working Group. She lives in New York City.
The Spotty Dog is a full-service independent bookstore featuring over 10,000 titles. The Spotty Dog also features a rotating selection of craft beer and an art supply department running the gamut of supplies, from student to professional. Open seven days, the Spotty Dog frequently hosts events, including live music, literary readings and signings, book clubs, craft days and more. The Spotty Dog is located at 440 Warren Street in Hudson, N.Y.