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Nancy Kricorian is a New York City-based writer and activist. She is the author of the novels Zabelle, Dreams of Bread and Fire, and most recently All The Light There Was, which is set in the Armenian community of Paris during World War II. She participated in the 2010 Palestine Festival of Literature, and taught at the Palestine Writing Workshop in Birzeit in 2011. Kricorian was the Fall 2015 Writer-in-Residence at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University. She is a fellow of Women Mobilizing Memory project at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference.

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Nancy Kricorian Sarine, Thanks so much for the kind words. I wish I could tell you that my new novel about Armenians in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War were clos…moreSarine, Thanks so much for the kind words. I wish I could tell you that my new novel about Armenians in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War were close to done, but I'm a slow writer. It will be a few more years! In the meantime I'd like to recommend a book to you--Vasily Grossman's memoir AN ARMENIAN SKETCHBOOK. And if you like that then you could read his masterwork, the novel LIFE AND FATE. Best wishes, Nancy (less)
Nancy Kricorian If you have never published a story in a literary magazine or journal before, I would suggest that you try an Armenian community publication. My first…moreIf you have never published a story in a literary magazine or journal before, I would suggest that you try an Armenian community publication. My first poems and stories were published in ARARAT Quarterly, and the ones after that were published in small literary magazines with Armenian editors. Once I had a track record of publication, it was easier to place pieces in mainstream outlets (with no Armenian connections). One lesson I learned early was that you should be familiar with the publications to which you submit--if you like the work they publish they will be more likely to respond sympathetically to your writing. Wishing you the best of luck! (less)
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All the Light There Was

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The Nightmare of Publication and the Happy Afterlife of Books

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All the Light There Was: A Novel


NIGHTMARE

Much has been made of the analogy between publishing a novel and giving birth to a child. Having given birth to two children and published three novels, I can say the two things have very little in common. One of the traits they do share is that the pain involved is quickly forgotten, almost erased from memory, so that one is Read more of this blog post »
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“This world is made of darkness and light, my girl, and in the darkest times you have to believe the sun will come again, even if you yourself don't live to see it.”
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