Join The Friends of the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library for their Annual Local Author Series featuring Daniel Melnick.
He will discuss his novel, The Ash Tree, a story of the romance and marriage between an American Armenian girl and her immigrant husband who survived the 1915 Armenian Genocide in Turkey. From the 1920s through the early 1970s, the couple and their 3 children become vivid, quintessentially American characters, only for tragedy to find them again. Combining history and fictionalized memoir, The Ash Tree is an important, beautifully written novel of survival, new life, and heartbreak.
A question-and-answer session and a book signing opportunity will follow the presentation. The CSU Bookstore will sell copies of the book at the event.
Daniel Melnick has also written an earlier novel about the community of émigré musicians who fled Europe in the 1930s to Los Angeles, Hungry Generations; a study of music and modern literature, Fullness of Dissonance; and a novella about Israel during the Iraq war, with stories, Terror and Contrition. He has taught at UC Berkeley; California State University at Fresno; Cleveland State University where he is an Emeritus Professor of English; and --in retirement as a part-time lecturer--Case Western Reserve University. He is married to the artist Jeanette Arax Melnick, whose painting is on the cover of The Ash Tree. He and his wife live in Cleveland and have 3 children and four grandchildren
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: CSU Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, room 502
Questions? Call 216-875-9734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is free and open to all faculty, staff, students and the general public but please register here.
Refreshments will be served.