On Wed., May 15, Author Nancy Kricorian presented her new book, All the Light There Was, at the American Library in Paris. The novel is the story of an Armenian family’s struggle to survive the Nazi occupation of Paris in the 1940’s, and in researching the book Kricorian interviewed Armenians who had lived in the city through the war years.
The American Library in Paris serves nearly 2,300 members who have access to more than 120,000 books, 300 periodicals, audio-visual materials, as well as reference and research resources. The library’s evening programs, showcasing prominent authors and other public figures, attract more than 2,500 patrons and guests each year to lectures, political debates, poetry readings, slide shows, and workshops.
On the evening of May 15, more than 60 library regulars and members of the local Armenian community welcomed Kricorian and her novel to Paris. As people drifted to their seats, the sounds of French-Armenian entertainer Charles Aznavour’s music played in the room, setting the stage for the lecture to follow. Kricorian gave a slideshow about the research she had done for the book and then read the opening chapter. A lively discussion and a book signing followed the presentation.
“It was a privilege to speak at such a venerable institution, and it was a warm homecoming for my Parisian-Armenian characters,” Kricorian said.