Former AUA Faculty Member is a Finalist for an INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award

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Author and former AUA Faculty member Matthew Karanian has become a finalist for the 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in the category of Travel (Adult Nonfiction), for his latest publication “Historic Armenia After 100 Years”. Each year, thousands of books are entered, and the panel of over 120 librarians and booksellers take part in the reviewing, and narrowing down a group of finalists and winners that represent the best independently published books in over 60 categories.

“Historic Armenia After 100 Years”, reviewed on INDIEFAB,is the first-ever historical guide to the cultural sites of the vast and ancient Armenian homeland that is located in today’s Turkey. Illustrated with 125 color photographs and maps, including antique images of cultural sites from one century ago that are juxtaposed with the same site as it appears today.”

Matthew Karanian is a second generation Armenian American who practices law in Pasadena, California. He has lived and worked in Armenia for several years as Associate Dean of the LL.M at the American University of Armenia, and as the Director of the University’s Legal Research Center. Karanian and his students founded the Armenian Law Review in 2003.

Karanian has also served as a member of the editorial board of the Armenian International Magazine and his writings about Armenia have been published in numerous periodicals in the US and Canada. Since 1995, his research has taken him on journeys throughout the lands of Armenia, both Eastern and Western, from Artsakh to Javakh,and from Ani to Cilicia.

Karanian is the author of six books about Armenia. His previous book, Armenia and Karabakh: The Stone Garden Travel Guide, is the best-selling English language book about Armenia. He is also the co-photographer, with Robert Kurkjian, of Out of Stone: Armenia and Artsakh.

Information on “Historic Armenia After 100 Years” can be found at:

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides US-style education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.

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