Chris Bohjalian has penned 18 books, and in each one, he eloquently handles tough issues such a human trafficking, homelessness, struggling marriages and the Armenian genocide. His compelling stories have garnered a number of awards, including spots on the New York Times Bestsellers list and Oprah’s Book Club.

Members of the UNCG community will have an opportunity to hear Bohjalian speak at this year’s Friends of the UNCG Libraries annual fundraising dinner. Tickets are on sale through March 15. The event is March 22.

“We are very excited about Chris Bohjalian as our Friends of the University Libraries annual dinner speaker this year,” said Dean of University Libraries Dr. Rosann Bazirjian. “His stories and characters delve into some of the most personal emotional issues that families face, and he brings to the telling of each story a truly human perspective.”

He plans to focus his presentation on his newest book, The Guest Room, as well as talk about The Sandcastle Girls–a book that blends history and fiction by focusing on his Armenian heritage.

“As a speaker, he is sincere and passionate and the audience will be enthralled with his newest book and his mission to educate about his Armenian heritage. He speaks from the heart,” Bazirjian said.

The dinner will be March 22 at 6 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, located in UNCG’s Elliott University Center. It is sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, a group of individuals dedicated to supporting and advocating on behalf of UNCG’s libraries.

“Our Friends make a real difference in our ability to serve the campus and the local community,” Bazirjian said.

Tickets, which include dinner, are $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Tickets for the program only are $22. Reservations are required and may be purchased online through the Triad Stage Box Office online or by calling 336-272-0160.  Reservations for the dinner should be made by March 15. Program only tickets will be sold until the event or as long as they are available.

For more information or to request disability accommodations, please contact Barry Miller at 336-256-0112 or barry_miller@uncg.edu