July 11, 2012 - 11:42 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Advance praise for Chris Bohjalian's “The Sandcastle Girls” has been pouring in from all corners of the literary and arts circles, prompting Armenian Americans and reading enthusiasts to pre-order the epic Armenian Genocide novel in record numbers prior to its July 17 publication date, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA.)
Armenian Americans are purchasing for their personal book collection and donating copies in support of the ANCA's campaign to help put "The Sandcastle Girls" on the Congressional summer reading list. Community members can pre-order one or more books specifically for distribution on Capitol Hill and legislators across the country through an online donation to the ANCA Endowment Fund on the secure online payment page.
ANCA Leo Sarkisian Program summer interns will be available to pass out the books at the August 1st Capitol Hill event with the author, co-hosted by Congressional Armenian Genocide Resolution lead sponsors, Representatives Robert Dold (R-IL) and Adam Schiff (D-CA). Bohjalian will be meeting with Congressional members throughout the day on August 1 and then offering remarks and signing books beginning at 6 p.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building
Bohjalian and ‘The Sandcastle Girls’ will take center stage beginning with a special Southern California debut luncheon on July 16 at the Universal Sheraton Hotel followed by an evening presentation held at Woodbury University Fletcher Jones Auditorium.
“We have been getting a fantastic response from our community across the Southland, all wanting to be a part of the launch of this epic novel on the Armenian Genocide and the Armenian experience,” said Film and Arts Committee Chairwoman Nora Yacoubian. “With praise coming from all corners of the literary and arts circles, ‘The Sandcastle Girls’ is sure to educate a whole new generation of readers about the horrors of genocide and the trans-generational consequences of its denial.”
Bohjalian will then be traveling to events in San Francisco, CA; Watertown, MA; Warwick, RI; New Milford, NJ and Washington, DC.