Last week I had the great pleasure of attending Ashley Kalagian Blunt's book launch of My Name is Revenge, at the Acre Eatery in Camperdown (great venue, by the way).
I'd met Ashley before through Writing NSW, and she joined us at the launch of Harry's Quest back in January.
Ashley signed my copy of My Name is Revenge with "From one crime author to another, best wishes." And her debut novella is indeed a crime story, albeit with a very different angle.
It's based on true events - the assassination of the Turkish consul in Sydney in 1980 - but within a fictional narrative. The novella is followed by some of Ashley's essays, all connected to the subject of the Armenian Genocide in 1915-1917. This tragic chapter in the history of the Armenian people is not really well known, despite having the dubious honour of being the first modern genocide. It is also officially denied by the Turkish regime, although they are hardly known for progressive values such as truth and liberty.
I'm going to be very interested to learn more about the Armenian Genocide through Ashley's writing, and getting to savour a new crime story at the same time. I'll post a book review in due course.
You can find her website here.
And the photo below is a chocolate cake that Ashley had at the launch, the icing being a copy of her book cover!
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