BURBANK , CA — Burbank Public library Award-winning author Dana Walrath, PhD, will be speaking on Monday, April 4, 2016. The event will be held at Buena Vista Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91505.
Dr. Walrath’s latest book, Like Water on Stone (Delacorte/Random House, 2014), is a novel in verse about the Armenian genocide of 1915. This absorbing novel tells the story of three siblings who flee into the mountains, hiding by day and running by night when Ottoman pashas implement their plans to eliminate all Armenians. Lyrical language and musical threads wrap the description of the Armenian genocide in a note of magical realism with Ardziv, an eagle, describing the young sibling’s escape. Dr. Walrath will speak about her experiences in Armenia as a Fulbright Scholar, her travels to Western Armenia in 1984, and how these journeys influenced “Like Water on Stone” and continue to affect her life. Blending an anthropological tool kit with excerpts from this novel, Dr. Walrath will explore why stories, especially stories about phenomena surrounded by denial, play a critical role in healing.
Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Buena Vista Branch Library at 818-238-5625.