Articles by Aris Janigian

About Aris Janigian (3 Articles)
Each of Aris Janigian's three critically acclaimed novels, Bloodvine, Riverbig, and This Angelic Land, places ethnic Armenian characters against the backdrop of the American cultural landscape. Holding a Ph.D. in psychology, from 1993 to 2005, Janigian was senior professor of humanities at Southern California Institute of Architecture. Janigian was also a contributing writer to West, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, a finalist for the William Saroyan Fiction Prize, and the recipient of the Anahid Literary Award from Columbia University. He is a contributing writer for, and lives in Los Angeles.

Book Review: ‘The Paintings of Art Pinajian: A Family Story’

The Paintings of Art Pinajian: A Family Story By Peter Najarian Regent Press, Berkley, California (July 1, 2015); 228 pages ISBN 978-1587903212; Paperback $20.00   In March 2013, the New York Times, the Telegraph, and dozens of other websites and news shows reported that a trove of art, valued [more...]

February 3, 2016 // 1 Comment

Retelling David of Sassoun: An Interview with David Kherdian

In Fresno, where I grew up just a couple of blocks down from William Saroyan’s childhood home, there was a sculptor named Varaz. His studio was near my house, and once in a while I’d pass by and see him pounding and chiseling away at one of his many wild and wonderful large-scale pieces. During [more...]

February 12, 2014 // 6 Comments

The Road to ‘This Angelic Land’

In late spring 1992, Los Angeles seized and erupted. This time it wasn’t an earthquake or wildfire or landslide from flood—“natural disasters” that came with the Southern California turf, so to speak—but a “social disaster” that nobody could have foreseen. Writers wisely advise other [more...]

March 7, 2013 // 1 Comment