“To make a new life, you must hope for the future and remember what has been”, Carol Edgarian

Carol Edgarian, in conversation with Lara Tcholakian, reflects on how the stories and the ‘shadows’ of the Armenian Genocide moved through her during her childhood, and the role that her family, culture, church and community have had in her life. She elaborates on some of the themes that emerge through her work, such as displacement (and sense of the ‘odar’), societal shifts, family dynamics, legacy and the perspective of the feminine. She shares insights on the meaning and importance of determination, generosity, and authenticity, all of which have guided her in her novels and publications, in her role as a wife and mother to three daughters, and in the foundation of Narrative.

About Carol Edgarian

Carol Edgarian is an award-winning novelist, essayist, teacher and editor. Her novels include Rise the Euphrates (an international bestseller and winner of the AMC Freedom Prize), Three Stages of Amazement (the New York Times bestseller), and the newly released Vera. Her articles and essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, NPR and W. In 2003, together with her husband Tom Jenks, she co-founded the non-profit Narrative, an online literary magazine that publishes poetry, fiction, essays and art. Narrative publishes hundreds of authors and gives free access to a digital library that includes thousands of works of literature. She also co-founded Narrative in the Schools, which supports teachers and students from underserved communities around the world with free video tutorials, lesson plans and many other resources.

Program overview

Armenian leaders share inherited cultural and historical narratives, memories, life learnings and experiences. Down-to-earth, authentic and mindful conversations preserve the stories and legacies of families, and reflect on the lessons learnt from inherited collective trauma and introspective leadership.