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Film screening ~ The Illusionist
David Turshyan, May 20, 2015

A free screening of the film The Illusionist
Sunday, May 24, 2015, 1:15 p. m.
Meeting Room A, Central Library


Japanese Flower Arrangement

There is a centuries-old Japanese flower arrangement art form, known as Ikebana (生け花, "living flowers"). The word comes from the Japanese word ikeru (生ける, "keep alive, arrange flowers, living") and hana (花, "flower").


David Turshyan, May 03, 2015

Picture the world map six decades ago. Were all the countries and their flags the same as we know them today? How about traveling a couple of millennia back? What were the Seven Wonders of the ancient world and where did they reside?


Image: woman sitting on a chair holding a flower
David Turshyan, April 10, 2015

Picture a book that can gracefully endure the trials of the centuries – the water, the fire, the sword. What will this book be about? In what language will it be? There is an old legend about an artist-scribe who was being burned along with a precious manuscript.


March 8: International Women’s Day - Graphic
David Turshyan, March 05, 2015

What is the innermost secret of a woman’s heart?  Throughout centuries, poets, philosophers, devotees in the fields of art and science have come across this question at one time or another.


From a Tiny Sprout: In Search of Ithaca through First Day of Issues
David Turshyan, February 18, 2015

Imagine receiving a letter from a remote island. Imagine the journey it has ventured to reach the shores of here and now. In what language is the letter? Who is it from? How many years has it been awandering and what adventures has it encountered on its way to us?


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David Turshyan, January 26, 2015

Imagine traveling around the world in thirty seconds, while looking at thirty books – each in a different language. That’s one book per second. Imagine the treasures to be discovered in this short amount of time. Is this possible?


David Turshyan, July 21, 2014

When in the second half of the last century Isaac Bashevich Singer was awarded a Noble Prize for Literature, he raised an interesting question: “People ask me often, ‘Why do you write in a dying language?’” And he tried to explain: “


A baby doll is holding the book - The Little Prince in spanish - El Princito
David Turshyan, October 07, 2013

Walking around the Los Angeles Public Library, one may come across a bilingual quotation in Spanish and English by Alfonso Reyes: “No hay amigo tan complaciente como un libro.” “There is no friend more obliging than a book.” And when entering the library and walki


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