Meet our

Authors and
Illustrators

Our books are currently in development. You may read about our first round of authors and illustrators here.

Our Authors and Illustrators
Arpi Krikorian

The Chief Executive Officer of Arpi Publishing and a proud Armenian artist living in California, Arpi has dedicated her life to celebrating the joy, color, and beauty of Armenian culture.

Arpi started her career working as a staff artist for Nickelodeon Animation Studios, working primarily on Angry Beavers.

A yearning to draw her own characters and happy representations of her heritage led her to start her own business, in 2015. Today, Arpi is renowned for her beloved modern illustrations of Armenian-inspired characters, which are adorned with intricately-drawn traditional Armenian costumes.

Arpi’s work was featured in the ARMENIA! exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during 2018-2019.

Arpi’s first book with Arpi Publishing will be a picture book about a lovable dog and how his world changes with the arrival of a sister in his life.

Ishkhan Jinbashian

Ishkhan Jinbashian is the author of the novel Arkhiv Hasnumi and the short-story collection Tserki Khagh.

He is also a literary translator, with over 25 books to his credit. Ishkhan’s first book with Arpi Publishing will be a novel for young adults. It will tell the story of a 17-year-old Angeleno who can’t wait to leave the confines of his community to experience the world — and maybe even to help change it.

Tamar

Dr. Tamar M. Boyadjian

Dr. Tamar M. Boyadjian is an author, poet, editor, and translator. She teaches and writes about the premodern Mediterranean world; questions around the writing, preservation, and translation of endangered languages—primarily Western Armenian; and the role of women writers in Armenian literary history. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies

 Tamar’s first book with Arpi Publishing will be the first of a fantasy series set in a mythical world of seven ruling kingdoms, where, after taking a wounded soldier to the Lusignan castle, an orphan girl and her brother accept the challenge of obtaining an object of power guarded by a dragon.

Avedis Hadjian

Born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1968. Writer and journalist. He has worked as an Editorial Writer for La Prensa newspaper in Buenos Aires. He later moved to the United States, where he worked for CNN, Bloomberg News, and The Wall Street Journal. He has published in Los Angeles Times, International Business Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Hyperallergic, and The Christian Science Monitor. He has studied journalism in Buenos Aires. He is also a graduate of Cambridge University with a degree in International Relations. His book on the Armenians who still live in the geography of the Genocide in occupied Western Armenia and Cilicia, Secret Nation: The Hidden Armenians of Turkey, was published in April 2018 (I.B. Tauris – Bloomsbury, London and New York). He lives in Venice.

Avedis’s first book with Arpi Publishing is a novel about three prisoners who emerge from a medieval galley at the Arsenale, the historic shipyard of Venice in 2015. The incomprehensible language they speak and a mysterious letter they carry from the Catholicos for the Pope puzzle authorities and experts. Fr. Khachatour, a monk from the Armenian monastery of St. Lazarus, is called upon to help solve the riddle. 

Avedis Hadjian
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Our mission statement

Given the critical importance of having a modern, dynamic Western-Armenian literary tradition for the continued vibrancy of Armenian culture, especially in the Diaspora, our mission is to engage authors and book illustrators toward the creation of original Western-Armenian works for children and young adults.

UNESCO has classified Western Armenian as “definitely endangered.” Among the main factors affecting language vitality, according to UNESCO criteria, is the lack of abundant new literature being produced.

And while the UNESCO classification might be reason enough to mobilize for a solution, the objectives of Arpi Publishing go beyond mere linguistic preservation, embracing a vision of creative activity that would help ignite the imagination of young readers, promote literacy and learning in Western Armenian, and, ultimately, contribute to the vigor and exuberance of the language and the culture it represents.