To bridge the gap from this year to next, One Book, One San Diego wants to share two upcoming events in early 2018 with you.
January 19: The Story Behind "The Smoking Gun" of the Armenian Genocide, 6:30 – 8 pm at the San Diego Central Library
Earlier this year, the New York Times published an article naming Dr. Taner Akçam the "Sherlock Holmes of the Armenian Genocide." Dr. Akçam uncovered a document demonstrating the Ottoman government’s awareness of, and involvement in, the elimination of Armenians. The document, acknowledged as authentic by the post-World War I Ottoman government, helped convict its author, Behaeddin Shakir, as one of the masterminds of the genocide. However, this key piece of evidence, along with other damning documents used during the post-war Constantinople trials of the perpetrators, vanished, or so it seemed. Dr. Akçam’s talk will be the first time this and other documents have ever been discussed in a public setting.
Friend to the One Book project, Professor Dean Nelson, will interview an impressive list of award-winning writers including Deepak Chopra, Jane Smiley, Krista Tippett, Karem Abdul-Jabbar, Justin Skeeshuk, and Patrick Gray. Additional activities will include an afternoon workshop focusing on military veterans that hopes to inspire and instruct them to write about conflict. The purpose of the symposium is to inspire, celebrate, and model great writing.
Until next year, happy holidays and happy reading!
Clare Pister, KPBS Community Engagement Manager