Author Talks: Mehmed Ali, my colleague

Author Mehmed Ali
Author Mehmed Ali

A few weeks ago I mentioned that one of my colleagues published his first book: Yousuf Karsh John Garo The Search for a Master’s Legacy.  It has been exciting to see a new author enjoy the ability to share his work with new people.

On Thursday night, Mehmed gave a talk about his new book at the Whistler House Museum of Art (yes, that Whistler, he was born in Lowell).  I went for a variety of reasons and it was a great talk.

Of course, like most authors, he talked about the book itself.  Since this is non-fiction, he shared stories about how this book started and about the men he had researched.  One thing he did, something I have never seen before, was that he got an actor to come and play the role of John Garo.

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John Garo… or an actor?

It was interesting to meet the character of John Garo rather than just hear Mehmed talk about him.  I wish he had done the same for Karsh and let the two interact with each other.  A biography is designed to let a reader meet a person from history.

What I learned is that there is a lot about Karsh out there already.  It is Garo who is not as well known.  I went home ready to read the book.

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