The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) recently launched the electronic version of Ararat Magazine—online at www.araratmagazine.org—to engage more readers of different demographics and provide the features that make online dialogue between readers possible today. 2010 marks the 50-year anniversary of the magazine, features documentary photos on poverty in Armenia, Armenian literature in translation, and new columns.
“In its 50-year history, Ararat became not only the premier magazine of Armenian American literature but also covered many aspects of Armenian history and culture,” says editor Aris Sevag. “As such, it represents a valuable repository of materials for the study of these topics by scholars. Its collections constitute a unique holding in many public and private libraries across the United States. It is our hope and intention to not only continue this exalted tradition but expand and enrich it in the coming years.”
Ararat will be adding a number of columns to the publication, including one that explores the culinary traditions of Armenians, written by Robyn and Doug Kalajian of the popular food blog www.TheArmenianKitchen.com, and another by Simon Maghakyan of Blogian.net, who will write about discussions and controversies taking place in the online Armenian world.