The Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society of Eastern United States recently named Aline Ohanesian the winner of the 3rd Minas and Kohar Tölölyan Prize in Contemporary Literature for her book, Orhan’s Inheritance.
Named after one of the major Armenian literary critics of the second half of the 20th century and his wife, a devoted teacher of that literature for decades, the annually awarded Minas and Kohar Tölölyan Prize in Contemporary Literature recognizes the work produced by talented writers working in North America. The prize is intended to encourage new work in all the major genres of literary production, as they are currently understood in North America. Works in Armenian, English, French, and Spanish are considered if the authors are of Armenian ancestry, or the work has an Armenian theme or revolves around an Armenian topic.
Dr. Ara Nazarian initiated this prize a number of years ago to encourage and recognize those who wish to write on Armenian topics. The financial award of $1,500 is made possible through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Vergine Misserlian of San Francisco, Calif.
The jury consists of Dr. Sima Aprahamian (Montreal), Anoush Agnerian (Montreal), Dr. Vartan Matiossian (New York/New Jersey), Gourgen Arzoumanian (California), and Yervant Kotchounian (California).
The winner of the prize was announced by the chairman of the Hamazkayin Eastern Regional Executive, Dr. Dikran Kazandjian, at the Hamazkayin’s Annual Pan Gathering on June 6 in Providence, R.I.