Born in Cairo to immigrant parents who had escaped the post-World War I Armenian genocide, Terzian’s quest for independence and her need for a sense of belonging lead her to an uncommon global search - to find a venue and ambiance where she can peacefully realize her goals for higher education.Terzian’s exploration of her expatriate status in Africa raises questions about what it means to have a home country – or even a home (excerpted from Kirkus Reviews).” Eventually, her ambitions lead her to legal immigration to the United States, far beyond her expectations.
Kirkus Reviews has classified Terzian’s book as “An often charming memoir that intertwines personal and political histories.” Her books are available on Amazon.com and similar digital stores in e-book format and paperback. They are also available in paperback in regular bookstores.
Terzian has lived in California for the last forty-five years. She is a member of Writers’ Club of Whittier and blogs online at WordPress and other venues that respond to the keyword, Mary Terzian.
This has been a good month for Rose Anna Hines. Two of her haiku have been included in Spectrum, a compilation of short works by Southern California poets edited by Don Kingfisher Campbell. There will be a reading of poems from the anthology on September 28th, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Donald Wright Auditorium at the Pasadena Central Library on 285 E. Walnut St. Copies will be available for purchase at the reading or you may order directly from Campbell. More information here.
Here's one of Rose's haiku:
One of Hines' lengthier poems, The List, is included in the Summer 2015 edition of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly.
Last night about thirty writers attended a panel discussion on the Pleasures and Perils of Indie Publishing presented by the Publishers Association of Los Angeles at this month's general meeting in the Veterans Memorial Building in Culver City.
The panelists were:
Robin Quinn, lead writer and editor at Quinn's Word for Word, was an excellent moderator.
A few memorable quotes:
I didn't find the evening as informative as I'd hoped and it lagged a bit at times, but I'd go hear Maggie Marr again any time, and I won a book in a raffle, my first ARC (advance reading copy).
~Report filed by Cindy Cotter.
Mary Terzian's most recent book, Politically Homeless: A Five Year Odyssey across Three Continents, has just been reviewed by Kirkus.
Through her own story, Terzian articulates the ways in which patriarchy, culture, bureaucracy, and politics challenge but never fully derail an independent woman’s ambitions.-Kirkus
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On Saturday, August 22, Mary Terzian was one of two speakers who addressed a capacity audience at a discussion of globalization and the challenges it presents to Armenian women. The event was hosted by the Armenian General Benevolent Union Hye Geen in Pasadena.
Although Armenian, Mary grew up Egypt and then traveled extensively while employed by the World Health Organization before finally settling in the United States. She is the author of two books, The Immigrant's Daughter (2005) and Politically Homeless, just published in June.
WCW's Hong-My Basrai, who is Vietnamese, attended the event and wrote about the experience in a post titled, Globalization and Women. She felt somewhat out of place, but not for the first time: "I had been among Vietnamese and felt totally lost... I had taken meal in a group of Indians and was left invisible because I did not look and talk the same way as the majority. I had been to writers' conference and struggled to participate because I was definitely an odd sample among Caucasians and veteran writers. ... Globalization. It will be a steep climb uphill. But it is here to stay."
Here is a summary of Mary's speech...
Her focus is Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the joy of the gospel. Be Joyfully Awake During the Advent Season is a reflection on cultivating the virtues of gratitude, joy, and peace during Advent so that we are better prepared to meet the Lord at Christmas. The article predates Advent to give pastoral leaders time to plan for this important season.
One reader in Australia remarked: "As Liturgy Coordinator in my parish, I am very familiar with the Advent readings, yet reading your article has brought the scriptures truly alive for me and has set me planning."
"It was incredibly inspiring! Mem Fox, renowned children's book author was the first key note speaker. I also went to Deborah Halverson's Intensive (author of Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies) and listened to many other authors, agents and publishers share and explain their craft and the publishing business.
"This is a great conference to attend for those writing children's books, MG and YA. I'll definitely be attending next year and hope some of you will join me."
Amanda Ashley, known to WCW members as Mandy Baker, has a new book out. Night's Surrender is the seventh in her Children of the Night series about the Cordova-DeLongpre family of vampires and humans.