THE ARARAT-ESKIJIAN MUSEUM JOIN US FOR A BOOK READING AND CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR, DANIEL MELNICK,A PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF ENGLISH AT CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY AND MODERATOR MARK ARAX The Ash Tree by Daniel Melnick tells a timeless story of the romance and marriage between an American Armenian girl and her immigrant husband who survived the 1915 Armenian Genocide in Turkey. In the aftermath of the Genocide from the twenties to the early seventies, the couple and their three children become vivid, quintessentially American characters, only for tragedy to find them again. Its cover painting with its frayed and white-washed frame is by the author’s wife, Jeanette Arax Melnick, and the novel is based partly on the lives of the Arax family. Daniel Melnick, the author of The Ash Tree, is married to the artist Jeanette Melnick (née Arax), and they have three children and four grandchildren. His previous books include Hungry Generations, a novel about the community of émigré musicians who lived in Los Angeles in the 1940s. Daniel has written a profound book,” Arax said. “It is informed not only by his Jewish family’s own persecution and exile to America but also by the fact that his wife, Jeanette, is an Armenian who grew up in “With his marriage to Jeanette, Daniel suddenly found himself immersed in a clan of Armenian farmers, writers and poets, Socialists and Capitalists, and football and baseball jocks. How to make sense of them and their traumatic history and the thread of tragedy that continued for them in America? “Out of those questions came this Novel, and it is powerful and beautifully told.” A California native, Daniel has taught at UC Berkeley, where he earned his PhD, and at Cleveland State University, where he retired as an Emeritus Professor of English; he is now teaching classes at Case Western Reserve University. ● Admission free (Donations appreciated ● Book signing following program For more information call the Ararat-Eskijian Museum at 747-500-7585 or e-mail