Campus Read-Spring 2013: "The Gendarme"
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Campus Read-Spring 2013: The Gendarme

The Gendarme, by Mark MustianFinlandia University has announced that the spring 2013 Campus Read selection is The Gendarme by Mark Mustian.

The author will be on campus February 11-12, 2013, when he will visit classrooms, present a public lectutre, and engage in other campus and community activities. His visit is sponsored by the Finlandia University Campus Read Committee and the Lutheran Writers Project at Roanoke College.

The book may be purchased at North Wind Books in Hancock and will be available at public events featuring the author. 

For information, please contact Terri Martin at 906-487-7512 or

Read a press release about Campus Read 2013 and The Gendarme.

Campus Read Events

Download the Schedule of Campus Read 2013 Events and Activities

January 15, 2013, 4:15 p.m. Campus Read opening event--movie: The Armenian Genocide, Chapel of St Matthew Finlandia campus (open to public)

January 15, 2013, Writing Contest Kickoff. Theme: "Forgotten," open to all registered Finlandia Students

February 11-13, 2013, Mark Mustian, author of The Gendarme, visit to Finlandia Campus

  • February 11, 2013, 11:10 a.m., classroom visit (ENG403 "Cultures in Conflict"), Nikander 23 (open to Finlandia community)
  • February 11, 2013, 4:15 p.m. Author presentation: "Words and War" held at Maki Library on Finlandia campus (open to public)
  • February 12, 2013, 10:10 a.m.classroom visit (ENG323 Advanced Writing),Nikander 25 (open to Finlandia community)
  • February 12, 2013 12:15 p.m. chapel speaker "Where is God?" Chapel of St. Matthew Finlandia Campus (open to public)
March 19, 2013, 4:15 p.m. panel discussion: "Conflict and Cruelty," Chapel of St. Matthew Finlandia Campus featuring Paul Schue (Northland College), Bob Johnson (Michigan Technological University), Bill Knoblauch (Finlandia University) and Lauri Anderson (Finlandia University) (open to public)
April 9, 2013, 4:15 p.m., "Rememberance Day," announce winners of writing contest, hear readings, Chapel of St. Matthew (open to public)

Book Overview

To those around him, Emmet Conn is a 92 year old man on the verge of senility. A World War I veteran, he's been affected by memory loss since being injured in the war. Now, at the end of his life, he's beset by visions-frightening and realistic, he's convinced they are memories of events he and others have denied or purposely forgotten.

In Emmett's dreams he's a gendarme, escorting Armenian women and children from Turkey. A young woman among them, Araxie, captivates and enthralls him. She becomes the love of his life. But then the trek ends, the war separates them. He is injured. Seven decades later, as his grasp on the boundaries between past and present begin to break down, he sets out on a final journey, to find Araxie, and beg her forgiveness.

Alternating between Turkey at the dawn of the 20th century and America in the 1990s, The Gendarme shows how racism creates divisions where none truly exist, how love can transcend nationalities and politics, and how the human spirit fights to survive in the face of hopelessness. It is a transcendent novel. (

Published by Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, September 2, 2010; Hardcover, 304 pages; ISBN: 978-0399156342.

Biography: Mark Mustian

Mark MustianMark T. Mustian is an author, attorney and city commissioner. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, three children, and dog. He also serves as the current chair of the Lutheran Readers Project, a nationwide effort to connect readers and writers associated with the Lutheran faith. Mustian's fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Stand Magazine, The Green Hills Literary Lantern, Opium Magazine, Parting Gifts and other publications.