Karanian to Present ‘Armenia & Karabagh: The Stone Garden Travel Guide’ at ALMA

WATERTOWN, Mass.—On Sun., March 10, on the occasion of the third edition of his travel guide for Armenia and Karabagh, author and photographer Matthew Karanian will give a talk at the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA) about the challenges of creating the book, with anecdotes from his decade of research.

Author-Photographer Matthew Karanian in southern Armenia
Author-Photographer Matthew Karanian in southern Armenia

Karanian depicts Armenia’s national heritage through his many photographs of monasteries and fortresses, taking the reader off the beaten path to ancient sites that are rarely seen by tourists, and to environmental treasures such as Shikahogh, Teghut, and Sevan. Many of the book’s photographs were created along with co-photographer Robert Kurkjian. Images from the historic and ancient diasporan community of Jerusalem, which is the subject of a future book by Karanian, will also be shown.

Matthew Karanian is a native of New Britain, Conn. He practiced law for about a dozen years in Hartford, and now has his own law firm in Pasadena, Calif. Karanian first traveled to Armenia in 1995, to work at the American University of Armenia (AUA). He later served as Associate Dean of the law program at AUA, and as director of the university’s Legal Research Center. He and his law students founded Armenia’s first English-language law journal, the Armenian Law Review.

The event begins at 2 p.m. at ALMA, located at 65 Main St. in Watertown. It is free and open to the public ($5 donation suggested). Refreshments will follow the presentation, and Karanian will be available to sign copies of the guidebook.

For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call (617) 926-2562 ext. 4.

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