Thank you, Everyone, for your Warm Responses to my Book

Being a published author has been a wonderful experience so far. Every day I meet or hear from someone who is interested in my mother’s amazing survival story. I even sold two books at Starbucks.

Today Dr. Selden Smith, who is associated with a graduate workshop in the Teaching of the Holocaust at Columbia College, Division of Behavioral Studies, called to order 35 books. Twenty-nine South Carolina teachers and one teacher from Hungary will be visiting the Columbia College campus in South Carolina in mid-July, and he would like to give them books as gifts. He wants to encourage teachers to assign my book as required reading to high school students—not only because it is fascinating but also because it tells a story that every school child in America should know.

All the people I have met since publishing my book have gone out of their way to be accessible, pleasant and friendly. I mean, it’s been easy for me to make friends throughout my life, but publishing this book has made people overwhelmingly nice. I am thankful, but am curious whether this is due to the fact of having accomplished something, or the book is fascinating or they are pleased to meet an author.

I appreciate so much the support of Roger Page at Island Books on Mercer Island. He is sponsoring a reading for me on July 16, and I hope you will all attend! We will be serving Armenian goodies.

On Wednesday, June 23, 2010, The Mercer Island Reporter had a nice story about my book and me, with a black and white picture of the cover. You will find links to that story on my “Press” Page.

The Mercer Island Library is hosting me on August 15th at 1:30 pm and providing Armenian pastries and coffee. They are doing posters and publicity and newspaper stories. Vicki Heck, the MI Head Librarian is the most willing and cooperative person I’ve met—among other public employees that I’ve dealt with. She is planning to make this event at her library the best ever.

Here are a few “reviews” of my book I have received by e-mail:

My French daughter-in-law who is traveling in Europe writes:

I finished your book last night and I wanted more! you wrote a great book, Aida, thank you for it. And I wished I had known your mom – such an amazing person.

From my niece, Mania:

I just finished your book. Great, great book. I was sad when it was finished; I wanted more and more. I usually start a book and finish it maybe after few months, but your book is very well written, I just couldn’t put it down. You turned the ugly side of the genocide into a beautiful love story. I loved your mother’s courage and perseverance, I loved her character. People’s names in the book are so familiar, it brought back memories when my parents used to talk about them.  I asked father about them, he remembered them all, of course at that instant only. I loved the way you described the Kouyoumdjians, the qasr and it looks like you haven’t forgotten your Arabic.

I wish you could write another book , a continuation of Mannig’s life in Baghdad, in Fallujah, in the qasr among the kouyoumdjians. Let me know if you ever think about it.

From Dr. William E. Rice, Professor of Economics at California State University at Fresno:

This book grips your heart in realizing the travesty of human cruelty to indiscriminant lives along its road of destruction. The human element in this book moved me. It awakened my heart to be more sensitive to the average patriot of the countries I visit where there is such disparity of human rights. My mind staggers at the disruption of simple human life by the whims and obsessions of others. This is a great book for you to revisit how you see other human beings on the verge of violent and disruptive behavior by those who do not have to right to do so.

You really done good with this book.

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