Beirut, 05/08/2009,- In alignment with the UNESCO’s declaration of Beirut as “ World Book Capital-2009”, the friends of the Derian Armenological Library at Haigazian University, organized a series of book reading, tale telling, and fellowship evenings, in the beautiful surroundings of the Mugar garden.
On July 16, 2009, writer and novelist, George Apelian read passages from his books “Beirut”, “Anna the Bride”, and “Eternal Martyrdom”. In “Beirut”, Apelian shared with the audience memories of his college years at Haigazian University, in “Anna the Bride” family tales, and in “Eternal Martyrdom” personal testimonies of survivors of the Armenian genocide of 1914.
On July 23, 2009, children’s literature author, Berjanoush Basmajian read passages of her different stories. Basmajian considered that children’s literature plays a vital role in shaping the character of the youth, and broadening his imagination and reflections.
The final session took place on July 30, 2009. Poet Maroush Yeramian of Aleppo, Syria, read passages from her masterpieces. She also provided the audience with additional information and elaboration on her works.
While Beirut as “ World Book Capital- 2009”, created a cultural dynamic at the national level, the reading series at Haigazian University created a much appreciated fellowship atmosphere among the Armenian intellectuals.