Book About Historic Armenia by Pasadena Author Debuts

Published : Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 7:51 PM

Armenian-American author Matthew Karanian, a Pasadena resident, will launch his new book, “The Armenian Highland,” at Abril Bookstore in Glendale on Tuesday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m.

“The Armenian Highland” is an illustrated historical guide to the ancient homeland of the Armenians – land that is outside the borders of today’s modern Republic of Armenia, and is known more commonly today as Western Armenia or Historic Armenia.

The 312-page volume offers a unique perspective on the Armenian past that has survived in Ani, Kars, and Western Armenia.

Karanian brings these ancient Armenian lands to life by combining story-telling, historic maps, and more than 200 photographs, both modern and antique.

The book’s title first signals the author’s intent to examine the Armenian past. For millennia, the Armenian Highland was recognized as the name of the vast highland plateau of Asia Minor, the Armenian homeland.

In the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide, the name has been purged from most maps. Karanian revives the name, just as he seeks to revive ancient Armenia. The result is a book that showcases an Armenia that has rarely been seen since 1915.

Karanian is a second generation Armenian-American. He is a lawyer and has written several other books about Armenia.

Abril Bookstore is at 415 E Broadway in Glendale.

“The Armenian Highland” will also be presented on Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m., at California State University Fresno.

A full calendar of book presentations for ‘The Armenian Highland’ is available at






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