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 Young World Travelers and the Magical Crystal Globe

By: Demetra Tsavaris-Lecourezos

Illustrations by Rick Sanders

Publisher:  The Word Verve

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-941251-10-2

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-941251-11-9

Published: May 2014


First Book in Series Takes Kids on Fun, Educational Travel Adventures

 CHICAGO--Many parents have watched Disney’s “Little Einsteins” with their kids, immersing them in travel adventures around the world. Author Demetra Tsavaris-Lecourezos loved to watch the show with her daughter, Katerina.  As Katerina grew older, however, it was time for something more advanced.

                 “There was nothing out there,” Demetra revealed. “My creative juices began to flow, and the idea sprang from there.”

                 She spoke to an attorney at Disney, and was quickly advised that anything that she shared with them could be used.

                 “Immediately, I hung up. I knew I could do something with this idea.”

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:21

Nicholas Gage in Chicago

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CHICAGO---Award-winning author and investigative reporter Nicholas Gage appeared at the National Hellenic Museum on June 13. At the event, produced in partnership with the National Hellenic Society, Gage chronicled his “Writer’s Odyssey.” He spoke about his childhood in Greece, coming to America to a father he’d never met, how he became a writer, and more. It was an emotional moment for Gage, speaking about his mother, Eleni, whose story is recounted in the book, Eleni, which was subsequently adapted for the big screen. He described how he honed his journalistic and investigative skills to return to Greece to learn his mother’s story. Due its immensely personal nature, it took time to gather his courage to begin the investigation. He also revealed that he had to summon even more courage to actually put pen to paper. Gage spoke about some 7000-plus letters he received from people who’d read the book, explaining how it had touched them.

The author spoke about his other work, including the book, Greek Fire, about Aristotle Onassis and Maria Callas. He said he was often asked, “because he was Greek,” if he’d met the pair. He reported that he’d met Onassis twice, but “sadly” not Callas.  In researching the story, he learned that much that had been written about the couple to that point was untrue.

Another memoir is in the works, this time recounting his years as an investigative reporter.

A rooftop reception followed the event. An internationally renowned writer, Nicholas Gage is engaging, yet humble. He’s simply a man with stories to tell and a passion for his heritage.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 20:37

Q&A with Nicholas Gage

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This week, we caught up with award-winning reporter, author, producer and philanthropist

Nicholas Gage

The author spoke to us about becoming a writer, about his philanthropic endeavors, apathy among younger Greek Americans, and more. Mr. Gage will appear at the National Hellenic Musuem in Chicago on June 13.


Maria A. Karamitsos: When did you decide to become a writer and why?

Nicholas Gage: When a teacher in the seventh grade noticed that I had writing ability and encouraged me, even though I was still struggling with the English language. I knew I wanted to be a reporter and writer to find out what happened to my mother and tell her story. I studied journalism in college and graduate school and won a prize for the best published writing by a college student, which was presented by President John F. Kennedy at the White House in May of 1963, a big thrill for an immigrant kid. 

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 12:43

Mystery Code in Rare Copy of 'Odyssey' Cracked!

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An Italian computer engineer has solved the riddle of some mysterious handwritten notations found in the margins of 1504 Venetian edition of Homer’s Odyssey. Daniele Metilli has won a $1,000 prize offered through the University of Chicago Library by collector M.C. Lang, who had donated the book to the University of Chicago Library in 2007! The engineer who identified the mystery script as a system of shorthand invented by Frenchman Jean Coulon de Thévénot in the late 18th century, said that “We spent days and nights trying to solve difficult word puzzles. We read Greek, we wrote French. We rediscovered the beauty of the Odyssey. We approached the contest looking for an adventure, and we got it. It was a wonderful experience and we could not be more happy!”
COURTESY: Greek News Agenda 
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 13:57

Seeking the Ancient Kallos

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The exhibit – Seeking the Ancient Kallos (Beauty) – by American fine art photographer J. Joshua Garrick made history as the first exhibition in the 125-year history of the National Archaeological Museum of Greece to be created and presented by a non-Greek Artist. The exhibit is now in America and is hosted by the Consulate General of Greece in New York City. The exhibit is curated by art historian Iris Kritikou and designed by Marios Voutsinas. The exhibit, which runs through May 20 is free and open to the public. Phone (212) 988-5500.


Seeking Ancient "Kallos"

J. Joshua Garrick is an acclaimed photographer from Orlando, Florida, who loves Greece "so completely, I hope it shows in my work… and it does." His unique exhibition “Seeking the Ancient Kallos” opened in New York on April 10, hosted at the Consulate General of Greece and it runs through to May 2. But this is no ordinary exhibition.
On September 12, 2013, Garrick made art history as the first American to present this same exhibition of his work - 95 of his black-and-white photographs of landmark places and statues from ancient Greece - at the National Archaeological Museum, in its 125-year history.

He had climbed up restoration scaffolding to the roof, where he balanced without a tripod in a precarious position to get some if his remarkable images. Many of the statues are housed in the museum itself, the largest in Greece and renowned for its antiquities.

Ancient Greece is the main theme of his work and the country has honored him with unprecedented access to famous monuments and museums. The exhibition aims to highlight ancient Greek culture as the birthplace of the western arts and the inseparable relationship of modern Greece with Europe. In Garrick’s own words: "It is my honor to be a constant ‘student’ of the Classical era of Ancient Greece."
COURTESY: Greek News Agenda 

Returning to the Triune God: Reflections on the Spiritual Life

By: Father Demetrios N. Treantafeles, Protopresbyter

Printed by “Melissa”, Asprovalta Thessaloniki

Greek edition published 2011

English version published 2013


Reflections Offer Comfort, Strength, Returning to God 

CHICAGO---Those who know Father Demetrios Treantafeles, now retired after many years of service to the parish of Saint Nectarios in Palatine, Ill., know him to be at once humble, incredibly caring, and always ready to help someone. Father T., as he has become affectionately known, has compiled a volume of his thoughts, observations and fears, and reflects on ever-changing societal conditions, in his book, Returning to the Triune God: Reflections on the Spiritual Life. The book, first published in Greek in 2011, was published in English in 2013.


Sunsets in Oia

By:  Sheila Busteed

Publisher: FriesenPress (Canada)

ISBN: 978-1-4602-2985-9 (Hardcover)

978-1-4602-2986-6 (Paperback)

978-1-4602-2987-3 (eBook)

Released: November 2013


CHICAGO---Escape Chicago’s brutal winter and head to Santorini, if only in your mind, with the new novel by Sheila Busteed, entitled Sunsets in Oia. You’ll be feeling warm and pouring some ouzo in no time.

                The author, who hails from Canada but now calls South Korea home, first visited Santorini while on a cruise in 2008. Oia always captivates, and this time was no exception. Busteed promised herself she’d find a way to return to this magnificent place. Writing a novel proved the perfect way. Santorini would be an ideal setting for an adventure romance story.

              “I can’t think of a more romantic place,” Busteed said. “It felt so natural to have the story take place there.”


Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:51

Book Review: Falling in Honey

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Books Takes Readers on a Trip to the Island of Tilos

Falling in Honey: How a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart

By; Jennifer Barclay

Publisher: Sourcebooks

ISBN-10: 1402285108

ISBN-13: 978-1402285103

Release date: March 4, 2014

CHICAGO--- Brit Jennifer Barclay shares her story of how a small, little-known Greek island changed her life forever, in Falling in Honey: How a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart, to be released this coming March 4.

                As a child, Barclay travelled to Greece with her family, and quickly fell in love with the country. Finding a journal from a trip to Corfu in 1980, reminded her of the impact the Greek isles had already had on her life.

                “The journal revealed that I was clearly already smitten with the Greek islands: everything from the beach and warm sunshine and blue sea, to the little whitewashed houses, the food, the music and the dancing,” she shared. “As I grew up, I found the wild open spaces, empty hillsides, abandoned ruins and watching the moon over the sea incredibly romantic.”

Friday, 14 February 2014 14:21

Clooney wades into UK-Greece Parthenon Marbles row

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LONDON (AP) — If George Clooney thought the battle over art's rightful ownership — the subject of his World War II movie "The Monuments Men'' — was in the past, he knows better now. The actor-director has touched a nerve in Britain by suggesting the 2,500-year-old Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Greece.

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