Jones Library On the Same Page Community Read: Chris Bohjalian’s The Sandcastle Girls

Jones Library On the Same Page

The Jones Library is holding its second On the Same Page community reading program, this year featuring the novel The Sandcastle Girls by bestselling author Chris Bohjalian.  The entire Amherst community is invited to read the book and participate in the upcoming programs and events.  A series of programs will be held during the month of March at the Jones Library, and are based on topics and themes from the novel.

For complete program descriptions, visit the program’s webpage at

Copies of The Sandcastle Girls can be borrowed from the Jones Library and branches, requested and checked out from the C/W Mars library catalog, or purchased at Amherst Books or Food for Thought Books in Amherst.

The Sandcastle Girls is a New York Times bestseller that was included on several “Best Book of 2012” lists and Arts and Letters Award from the Armenian National Committee of America and the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal by His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia.   The novel tells the parallel stories of Elizabeth, a Mt. Holyoke College graduate who, in 1915, accompanies her father to Aleppo, Syria, to aid Armenian refugees, and current-day Laura, a New Yorker trying to make sense of the life story of her grandmother Elizabeth, as well as her own past.  The selection of this title is particularly timely, as the novel addresses the Armenian genocide which began in 1915, an event that is rarely studied or mentioned.  The 100th anniversary of this tragedy is approaching, and is sure to receive media attention in 2015.

Chris Bohjalian is the author of more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Night StrangersSecrets of EdenSkeletons at the FeastThe Double BindBefore You Know KindnessThe Law of Similars, and Midwives. He won the New England Book Award in 2002, and his novel Midwives was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club. His work has been translated into over 25 languages.  He has also written for a wide variety of magazines, including CosmopolitanReader’s Digest, and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and he has been a Sunday columnist forGannett’s Burlington Free Press since 1992. A graduate of Amherst College, Bohjalian lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.

These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Library System.  For further information about the On the Same Page – Amherst, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

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