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PROGRAMS AIMED AT THE DEVELOPMENT OF ARMENIAN LITERATURE

In 2007, AGBU, which has long supported book publishing in Armenia, sponsored various publications by the Matenadaran, the leading repository of Armenian classical and medieval manuscripts in the world. These publications include the third volume of the “General Catalogue of Armenian Manuscripts of the Mashtots Matenadaran,” as well as the “Matenadaran Herald” periodical. AGBU also funded the publication of the English translation of contemporary Armenian poetry, prose and drama in three volumes. With the financial assistance of AGBU and in cooperation with the Manuk Abeghian Institute of Literature of Armenia's Academy of Sciences the Armenian translation of renowned Armenian-American writer Levon Zaven Surmelian's “98.6°” novel and “Techniques of Prose: Measure and Madness” book and the translation of historian Eduard Melkonian's “AGBU History” into Russian have been published recently. The publication of the second scholarly volume of Avetik Isahakian's literary works is also in progress. Continuing its strong support of cultural programs, particularly its contribution to the development of Armenian literature and book publishing both in Armenia and Diaspora, last year Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) initiated the establishment of a new printing house at the Writers' Union of Armenia, which will carry the name of prominent Armenian-American writer Levon Zaven Surmelian. Funds have been provided by the AGBU “Levon Zaven Surmelian” Fund to purchase modern printing equipment. The official opening ceremony of the “AGBU Levon Zaven Surmelian Printing House” took place in November 2009. Within the frames of its programs aimed at the development of Armenian literature Armenian General Benevolent Union also supports the annual pan-Armenian conferences of Armenian writers.