The event is dedicated in memory of Anno and Daron of Sassoun February 08, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. Ararat-Eskijian Museum—Sheen Chapel 15105 Mission Hills Road Mission Hills, CA 91345 It is 1913 late summer in Sassoun in the Ottoman Empire. The sun rises, full and golden, atop a lush, centuries-old village Sailor tucked into the highlands where the blood-red poppies bloom. Outside the village leader’s home, the sound of voices carries past the grapevines to the lane where Anno, slips out unseen, she heads to a secret meeting place, she forgets that enemies surround her village. She forgets that her father meets each day with trepidation. She knows only the love she has for Daron, who waits for her as she hastens to him, once again breaking the ancient rules of courtship. Anno and Daron wish for nothing more than marriage and a better day alongside their neighbours, but neither is prepared for the dark, dangerous secret that Daron’s father keeps or the upheaval that will soon envelop their village, their land, and their hearts. With a quiet, captivating passion, Maral Boyadjian paints a timeless love story against the backdrop of one of the most dramatic but long-forgotten tragedies of the early twentieth century. Maral Boyadjian, mother of two lives in Granada Hills, California. The Poppies Bloomed is her debut novel.