The Church of the Ascension Book Group presents an evening with the New York Times best-selling author Peter Balakian. We will be reading “Black Dog of Fate,” the 2009 Anniversary Edition. “Black Dog of Fate” is an award-winning, deftly-woven memoir of an American suburban childhood in the 1950s and 60s that leads the author as an adult to an eventual search for the hidden trauma of the Armenian Genocide of his grandparents’ generation, in which over one million Armenians were killed in Ottoman Turkey. This expanded edition covers the author’s trip in pursuit of his grandmother’s life – to the survivors’ refuge of Aleppo and the “killing fields” in the Syrian desert of Der Zor, final destination of thousands who perished after the death marches. Its ongoing centrality to the politics of genocide, both in the US and internationally, parallels the story itself and highlights the importance of genocide scholarship and education. You need not be a member of our Parish nor our Book Group to read the book and join us for the discussion with Prof. Balakian. Everyone is welcome. Please join us!
The Church of the Ascension, Parish Hall
12 W. 11th Street, just off Fifth Avenue
Wednesday, December 7th, 7:00 PM
The event is free. Wine and cocktail snacks will be provided.