Adrienne Alexian talk, August 6th, 7 pm

Please join us on Tuesday evening, August 6, from 7-9 pm for an important presentation, as Adrienne Alexanian discusses her father’s book, Forced into Genocide: Memoirs of an Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Turkish Army, which she edited.

Forced into Genocide is the riveting memoir of Yervant Edward Alexanian: an eye-witness to the massacre and dislocation of his family and countrymen in Ottoman Turkey during World War I. Incredibly, Alexanian experienced the Armenian Genocide as a conscript in the Turkish army. His memoir is a one-of-a-kind “insider’s account”, documenting the Genocide’s astonishing cruelty–but also its rare, unexpected acts of humanity.

No comparable account exists in the literature of the Armenian genocide. This edition, translated from Alexanian’s hand-written chronicle, includes rare documents and photos that the author preserved, a scholarly introduction, translator’s note, and other supportive matter.

Adrienne Alexanian, Yervant’s daughter, has spent years preparing her father’s manuscript for publication. She is an educator and a 2010 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and has worked as a representative at the United Nations, for both the Armenian Diocese and the Armenian General Benevolent Union.

After her presentation, she will be answering questions from the audience, and then signing copies of her book, which will be available to purchase from Eight Cousins Books.

This event is free and open to adults and teens.  Registration is requested. To register, please contact the reference department at 508-457-2555 x 7 or stop by the reference desk. You can also register online at

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