About my Book and Armenian Churches in Turkey ….

I recently exchanged notes with Liz, a very good friend and sorority sister from the UW. In 1952 she and 60 Delta Zetas stuck their necks out to host an exchange student from Iraq, thus facilitating my attendance at the UW. She and I recently ran into each other at an ESU function. The ESU (English Speaking Union) raises money for students interested in literature in general and Shakespeare in particular. We are also in the same Opera Preview group.

Hi Aida,

I have gotten to the train trip now. What a book—loss, hardship, romance … Can’t wait to finish!!

I was interested to read your ESU piece, and that you now have an Armenian church locally. But what a surprise to pick up the Seattle Times the other day and find the article about that Armenian church in Turkey. (I saved the article, but can’t put my hands on it at the moment.) I thought there was nothing left in Turkey to do with the Armenians! But when I think about it I realize there would be historical buildings. Wow, to think that Armenia was the first Christian nation.

Hope to see you soon……

Liz

Here is my response:

Hello Liz – so glad you’re enjoying my book. So far, everyone who’s read it has positive comments. I feel very good about it, and I’m sure my mom is looking down on earth wondering about the future comments about her later life.

Incidentally, due to great demand, I have begun the sequel to Between the Two Rivers. Haven’t tagged it with a title yet.

Oh, yes. You can’t travel through Turkey, especially in its eastern regions and Lake Van, without becoming awestruck at the sight of so many dilapidated Armenian churches.

I have a DVD about a recent service conducted on the Island of Akhtamar in one of the oldest Armenian churches, converted to a museum by the Turks. For one day this year they allowed the Armenian clergy to congregate from the Diaspora and hold a mass.

See you the earliest at Bellini’s perhaps,

Aida

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