Ithaca, from the National Book Center (EKEBI), highlights the Parthenon in its November 2002 issue, produced to accompany the exhibition «Parthenon: Allegories and Reality» at the US Customs House in New York. Ithaca uses excerpts from «The Parthenon and its Impact in Modern Times» (Melissa 2002), which examine the effect of the Parthenon on art and thought, and show how it has inspired writers, influenced the arts and had a decisive effect on the development of architecture. Other articles in the latest Ithaca issue include Katerina Schinas’s portrait of Yiannis Skarimbas, the multitalented poet, dramatist, Karaghiozi player and historian; an account of Beijing by poet Giorgos Veis and reviews of new publications. Book launchings Several upcoming book launchings may help readers draw up their Christmas gift lists from the latest crop of publications. Three high-powered speakers are introducing «The November 17 Dossier,» by journalists Alexis Papachelas and Tassos Telloglou, published by Hestia. Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysohoidis, the mayor-elect of Athens, Dora Bakoyianni, and Ta Nea editor Pantelis Kapsis will share their perspectives on the November 17 terrorist organization at the Byzantine Museum, Friday, December 13 at noon. Olkos has added another volume to its series of attractive albums recording aspects of Greece with «Mesolongi: The Place and People,» by photographer Susanna Tritsi-Mulhauser, with text by Spiridoula Alexandropoulou. Transport and Communications Minister Christos Verelis will be among the speakers presenting the book on Tuesday, December 17 at 7.30 p.m., at the Stoa Tou Vivliou book arcade, 5 Pesmazoglou St. Actors Chrsyssoula Diavati and Giorgos Tstitsopoulos will read excerpts from «The Labyrinth,» the second part of Giorgos Michailidis’s trilogy «Of Revolution, Loneliness and Lust,» published by Kastaniotis, on Wednesday, December 18 at 8 p.m. Anoichto Theatro, 70 Kalvou and Gyzi.