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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.

Friday, 13 December 2013 13:56

Q&A with Frances Kazan

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This week, we caught up with Frances Kazan,

Accomplished author, Turkish scholar, lecturer, producer, arts supporter—

And widow of Director Elia.

Ms. Kazan was kind enough to answer a few questions via email, focusing primarily on her latest works. A review of her latest novel, The Dervish, follows.


-          Where are you from?

I’m English-born but have lived in New York City for more than 30 years.

-          When did you publish your first book?

Goodnight Little Sister (New York Stein and Day) was published in 1986. Set in England and America during the late 60′s it tells the story of Alex Hughes, an Oxford educated English woman, who marries rock star Stevie Barn. (Ed. Note: Kazan drew on her own experience—first husband, Peter Rudge, was former manager of The Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd.)


Friday, 13 December 2013 13:53

Mystery Author Comes to Chicago

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Acclaimed author Jeffrey Siger appeared at the National Hellenic Museum to speak about his latest novel, Mykonos After Midnight, his love of Greece, and why it’s become such a big part of his life—and his writing. He greeted the crowd, in Greek and said, “My heart is Greek, but my language is English. So I’m going to speak to you in English.” The prolific writer, who spends most of the year on the island of Mykonos, uniquely captures the essence of Modern Greece and society. He’s just completed his next thriller, called “Sons of Sparta”, due late next year.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 11:15

Q&A with Peter T. Tomaras

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This week, we caught up with author Peter T. Tomaras, author, entrepreneur,

and resigned US Army Reserve Captain

The Central Illinois-based writer talks about his fascinating life, his passion for Greece and Cyprus, the military, writing, and his novel, Resistors. A review of the book follows.

Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:20

How Thessaloniki inspired author Victoria Hislop

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Internationally bestselling British author Victoria Hislop shared with an audience of journalists and tour operators her experiences from visiting Thessaloniki, while researching for her latest novel The Thread, which describes historical events that occurred in the city since 1917. "Thessaloniki has a soul. What is going on in this city is difficult to put into words," she told journalists who inquired about the advantages of Thessaloniki as a tourist destination.

Hislop highlighted everything that has enchanted and inspired her, including the people, the sunset, the vast seafront and the local cuisine.
The promotional event was held during the presentation of the City of Thessaloniki, at the recent World Travel Market in London, UK and was organised by the Thessaloniki Hotels Association
The Greek News Agenda: Special Issue: The Jews of Greece

A new book just released in English, titled, The Thirteenth Goddess and the Stolen Marbles of the Acropolis, by George Katselis, seeks to teach young children about the missing portions of the Acropolis, and about themselves.

Natalie Bakopoulos, a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, visited the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago, to read from and sign copies of her debut novel, The Green Shore (Simon & Schuster, 2012). The story, which unfolds on the night of the 1967 coup d'etat in Greece, follows a family through their experiences during the Junta years.  Bakopoulos is currently working on her second novel, set in modern-day Greece.

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 11:26

Bakopoulos to present her debut novel

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CHICAGO—Award-winning writer and University of Michigan professor, Natalie Bakopoulos will present her debut novel, The Green Shore, at the National Hellenic Museum. Bakopoulos will present and on Thursday, October 17 at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 South Halsted Street, Chicago.

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