Art & Literature
The Last Island
By: David Hogan
Publisher: Betimes Books
Novel Explores Themes of Redemption, Escape, Love, Our Flawed Nature
Playwright David Hogan offers an intriguing novel, “The Last Island,” based on a fictional Greek island in the Sporades. The Bostonian who lived in Athens for many years and has spent much time on the island of Skopelos, examines the human condition, our flawed nature and more.
There, he witnessed the island change from a traditional fishing society into a modern, tourist-based economy.
“I wanted to capture something of that transition, what was lost, what was gained and the effect it had on the people, the animals, the island itself.”
“During that time, I was alternately mystified, amused, excited, frustrated, and delighted, as I would have been anywhere else, but in Greece I think those emotions were heightened. I can remember moments when I was swimming in the Aegean at sunset or standing on a mountaintop at dawn where the history and urgency and majesty of the place would course through me. At times, I can still feel it.”
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.”
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.
This week, we caught up with award-winning reporter, author, producer and philanthropist
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.”