LOS ANGELES–The Armenian National Committee ‘s Western Region (ANC-WR) on Friday welcomed the release of the novel, Safe Harbor, a book which brings alive the story of loss and despair as a result of the Armenian Genocide. Co-authored by ANC San Diego activist David Deranian, PhD and Leonard Howard, Safe Harbor explores family life in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide and a survivor’s quest for his lost sibling.
“Safe Harbor is a powerful contribution to the soaring collection of Armenian Genocide literature,” stated ANC-WR Executive Director Andrew Kzirian. “The ANC-WR welcomes Deranian and Howard’s work and looks forward to supporting community activists throughout the region in promoting awareness of the Armenian Genocide and the dangers of denial,” he added.
Safe Harbor tells the story of a young boy losing his sister during the horror of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Despite his later success as a California farmer and financier, the protagonist remains haunted by the loss of his sister and constantly wonders whether she survived. As he searches for his sister in Anatolia, the legacy of that search leads to wealth, intrigue, and the struggle to liberate Nagorno-Karabakh.
Deranian offered that his motivation for writing Safe Harbor was, “the intersection of history with Armenian issues ‘s and a personal reflection of my own family.” Howard states, “I wrote Safe Harbor to let the world know that Armenia exists and that something terrible, namely genocide, happened to Armenians.”
The Armenian National Committee – Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANC-WR promotes awareness of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.