Today we meet Adrineh Der Boghossian and we’re talking about the book that saved her life: Princess Freak by Nancy Agabian. And Nancy joins us for the conversation!
Princess Freak documents through poetry and prose texts Nancy's coming-of-age of as a shy, funny, bisexual Armenian-American woman who flees the small town of Walpole, Massachusetts to tell the stories of her family.
Adrineh Der Boghossian (no relation!) is an editor who works as a project manager for a Vancouver-based book publisher. Originally from Toronto, Adrineh taught at the American University of Armenia and researched factors affecting media trust at CRRC-Armenia.
Nancy Agabian is a writer, teacher, and organizer. A winner of the Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction, her new novel The Fear of Large and Small Nations is out now.
Princess Freak is currently out of print. You may be able to find a copy through used book retailers. Sign-up for Nancy's newsletter for updates on a reprinting (see above).
To purchase The Fear of Large and Small Nations visit: https://bookshop.org/a/82376/9798985969238. In December, Nancy is donating portions of book sales to the Women's Support Center in Armenia.
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