Chris Bohjalian will discuss the latest novel with Stephen Kurkjian
WATERTOWN, Mass.—Twelve years later, Chris Bohjalian, 23-book New York Times bestselling author, returns to the Armenian Museum of America to talk about his latest novel The lioness with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Kurkjian.
The discussion between the two is highly anticipated in Boston and surrounding communities. Bohjalian’s latest novel witch’s hour was published in May 2021 and was an instant bestseller by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and IndieBound. It’s a historical thriller set in 1662 Boston, the story of North America’s first divorce for domestic violence and a subsequent witch trial. The Washington Post called it “historical fiction at its best”. The New York Times called it “heartbreaking”.
Her 2018 novel The stewardess debuted as New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and National IndieBound Bestseller. It’s now an HBO Max series, starring Kaley Cuoco that has been nominated for multiple Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe awards. It was recently renewed for a second season. Bohjalian’s work has been translated into 35 languages and three times have become films.
When Bohjalian spoke at the museum in 2012, he brought up the Armenian theme The girls of the sandcastle, a historical love story that explores the depths of love, family and secrets during World War I. Now, however, The lioness tells the story of a luxurious African safari that turns to death for a Hollywood starlet and her entourage. Set in 1964 Tanzania, actress Katie Barstow and her new husband have invited a sparkling entourage of co-stars, managers and publicists for a safari adventure. Envisioning candlelit dinners and capturing wildlife on film, the group faces a team of Russian mercenaries and a botched kidnapping as violence and rebellion rages next door in eastern Congo.
Kurkjian is one of the country’s most acclaimed investigative journalists. A 40-year veteran of the Boston Globe, he is the newspaper’s former Washington bureau chief and a founding member of its Spotlight investigative team. Kurkjian has won over 25 national and regional awards, including the Pulitzer Prize three times.
“We are delighted to welcome the two esteemed authors under the auspices of the museum’s library committee, as the books continue to be an integral part of our mission and our collection,” said general manager Jason Sohigian. “We are proud to share the launch of on-site events since 2019 with Chris Bohjalian and Steve Kurkjian. We hope you will mark your calendars and join us for this very special evening.
Signed copies of The lioness will be available for purchase at the event, which is free and open to the public. Registration is mandatory through Eventbrite.