By Lorne Shirinian
When Jacob Levy retired from the Department of English at McGill University, he focused on writing another novel in a new environment. He moved to Toronto, and before long, found he needed double bypass surgery. Abby, his nurse, looks after him at home. As he slowly recovers, Jacob recalls his parents who were from the Jewish community of Salonica and escaped as the Nazis invaded and began sending its population to Auschwitz. Abby and Jacob fall in love and live together.
Selected Short Fiction, 1977-2005
In Transformations, Lorne Shirinian revisits 29 stories as well as prologues and prefaces selected from five collections of his fiction written over a 28-year period. Many have been edited and revised. Based on the idea that art is never completed but abandoned. Shirinian writes, "We age, we mature, and bring that experience to the reconsideration of the story."
a new novel by Lorne Shirinian, 2013.
Jake Calman lives with the aftermath of being kidnapped; Aaron Bension, Walpurgis Delirian, Armen Tertibian and Trace Ben Sola deal with the genocide their families suffered a generation earlier. Their lives have been affected and their identities transformed. They write to reinsert themselves into history. What Remains is developed through a series of three different novellas which explore the theme of what remains after such terrible events.
a new play by Lorne Shirinian, 2010.
Lorne Shirinian's Monumental is a surprisingly funny and biting satire at the same time a serious meditation on genocide, remembrance, commemoration, creativity, and growth, by way of Samuel Beckett. Long one of the most perceptive and sensitive observers of diasporic Armenian life and a tireless advocate for proper recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Shirinian knows this territory well. He has managed to capture much of the pathos of the diasporan world, as the profound struggle to remember the genocide and the enormity of the loss sometimes blurs into the more mundane struggle of institutions to perpetuate their existence, while the world that was destroyed by the genocide recedes further into the past.
|So Far from Home
is a record of Lorne Shirinian's personal attempt to understand his father's journey as an orphan survivor of the Armenian Genocide from his home in Turkey to his new home in Canada. Shirinian uses a multi-genre approach to bring his father's story to light. Through a formal essay, a documentary film (dvd included), and poetry, Shirinian places his father's life in context and lays bare the emotional nature of his father's survival and how it affected him throughout his life.
George and Lenny Flowers, two disgraced ex-detectives from Toronto travel to Kingston to greet their stepdaughter, Heidi Boa, a lounge singer just returned from engagements in Germany, only to find that she has been murdered and thrown in a dumpster behind an apartment building. A former famous actress is then found murdered in the same building. The police suspect Nolan Scrub, an obsessive-compulsive young man recently fired from his job.
|When Darkness Falls Upon Us
Lorne Shirinian’s new collection of stories explores, in part, the lives of deportees and refugees from war zones who find themselves at a physical and metaphorical border. Some hope to cross that precarious zone, which offers escape and the possibility of a better life; however, getting across entails a cost, and what awaits them on the other side is unknown.
|Under Fire: The Canadian Imagination and War
On February 12, 2003, the Department of English at the Royal Military College of Canada hosted a conference titled Under Fire: The Canadian Imagination and War. This was the first such conference of its kind and was enthusiastically received by the academic community and the general public. The essays in this collection from the conference offer an insight into this often forgotten aspect of Canadian literature and art.
|The Landscape of Memory: Perspectives on the Armenian Diaspora
Blue Heron Press is pleased to announce the publication of new collection of essays on the Armenian diaspora, The Landscape of Memory: Perspectives on the Armenian Diaspora, by Lorne Shirinian.
|This Dark Thing: Two One-Act Plays
Blue Heron Press is pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new collection of plays, This Dark Thing: Two One-Act Plays, by Lorne Shirinian. The two plays, This Dark Thing and Red Threads on White Cloth are an exploration of the explosive forces that can lead to genocide and the need for survivors to tell of their experience.
|Exile in the Cradle
The characters in Exile in the Cradle are confronted with the looming threat of loss through death, assimilation, and acculturation.
Memory's Orphans is a new collection of short fiction from Lorne Shirinian that explores the themes of memory and forgetting in eleven stories. Below is the table of contents followed by the second of two prefaces to the collection.
|The Armenian Genocide: Resisting the Inertia of Indifference
Lorne Shirinian and Alan Whitehorn have collaborated on this project to offer a contemporary understanding of the events of the Armenian Genocide and their relevance to Canadian society today.
|History of Armenia and Other Fiction
Lorne Shirinian's third book of stories. This new collection is divided into four sections: "History of Armenia", "Wolfe Island Mystery", "Forced Departures" and "Face Down".
Lorne Shirinian's fourth book of poetry. In this new book, he writes on a wide variety of themes such as aging, love, the Armenian Genocide and life in the Armenian diaspora.
|The Blue Heron Press Anthology: New Voices from Kingston
The Blue Heron Press Anthology gathers new work from four writers who make Kingston, Ontario, their home.
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|Survivor Memoirs of the Armenian Genocide
An excellent introduction to survivor memoirs of the Armenian Genocide in Armenian diaspora literature. Shirinian's analysis is primarily through a literary perspective and focuses on American-Armenian publications.
|Quest For Closure:
The Armenian Genocide and the Search for Justice in Canada
Quest for Closure is the first book to treat this subject matter and brings to light new information and analyses to be shared with Canadians and others interested in human rights issues.
|Writing Memory: The Search for Home in Armenian Diaspora Literature as Cultural Practice
In Writing Memory contains six essays and an afterword, in which Shirinian speculates as to the future of Armenian diaspora culture.
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