Meline Toumani — There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia, and Beyond
Armenian American author Meline Toumani discusses her thought-provoking new memoir, "There Was and There Was Not," with radio journalist Barbara Bogaev.
In the book, which was named as a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award, Toumani examines the legacy of the Armenian genocide of 1915 and the complex role it plays in her own identity. The author spent four years conducting interviews with Turkish scholars, visiting the remains of Armenian villages, and building a complicated life in Istanbul—all part of what she calls “a love thine enemy experiment.”
In this year of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, "There Was and There Was Not" asks hard questions about what it means for a diaspora, created from and later galvanized by a tragedy, to move forward and flourish, and reflects on how we use—and sometimes abuse—our personal histories to make sense of our lives.
A Q&A and book signing follow the program.
Tuesday, March 31
Free Admission | Reservations recommended
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
About the sponsor:
The mission of the Skirball Cultural Center is to explore the connections between four thousand years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It seeks to welcome and inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity in American life. Guided by respective memories and experiences, together they aim to build a society in which everyone can feel at home.