Watertown author tells stories of S.F. in four novellas
After living in San Francisco during the 1990s, Watertown resident Ken Janjigian had seen enough to fill a book.
So he wrote one.
Janjigian recently published his first book, Trapped Doors, a group of four novellas that take place mainly in San Francisco. Janjigian said he wanted to capture the bohemian atmosphere that had begun in the 1950s and was dying out during his time there.
Although some of the book is based on his experiences, "nothing is 100 percent factual," Janjigian said. For example, he spent time as a bartender, but not in a transvestite bar like one of his characters.
Janjigian, who teaches at the Bartlett School in Waltham and the Harvard Extension School, started writing the book as a single novel, but found the book's progression "too contrived." So he looked for a more unorthodox way to tell the story.
"I came across four main characters, and I decided to break it down and let each person tell their story," he said. "Their voices came alive."
One of the characters, Dixson Naturian, is Armenian, and recalls living in Watertown during his novella. Janjigian's second book is about a Watertown resident, but he didn't want to give away too much of the plot while he's still working on the book.
Janjigian will be signing copies of Trapped Doors at Uncommon Grounds at 575 Mount Auburn St. on Saturday, July 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Copies will be available for sale, and can also be purchased online at amazon.com and at Porter Square Books in Cambridge and Back Pages Books in Waltham.