LOS ANGELES—The International Literature Festival Berlin (ilb) and the Lepsiushaus Potsdam have designated April 21 as International Reading Day to commemorate the Armenian Genocide.
Writers, intellectuals and artists from the four corners of the world will read the 7th and 8th chapters of Romanian-Armenian author Varoujan Voskanian’s novel “The Book of Whispers,” in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide and in association with the demand for the international recognition of the Genocide. By January 5, 2015, over 300 persons, among them several Nobel laureates, from 71 countries, had already committed to participate. The text for the reading is available in 17 languages.
LARK Musical Society, with the permission and cooperation of the two organizations, has undertaken to organize the reading day appropriately in our region. An ad hoc Committee has been formed to make the necessary arrangements.
The International Literature Festival was founded only ten years ago but has soon gained an army of supporters, since it doesn’t get involved in commerce. Their plans are exclusively devoted to encouraging literature. The Festival designates a day (or at most two) each year as an International Reading Day to advocate for prosecuted writers. It also organizes conferences and sessions dedicated to authors.
Lepsiushaus Potsdam is a center in the eponymous city to preserve the archives of the German missionary, Orientalist and great humanist Johannes Lepsius, and advance Armenian-Turkish-German understanding.
The details of the event being organized by LARK will be made available soon.