Action for book lovers

There’s plenty of action for book lovers of all tastes and ages in the coming week. John Mole will read from «It’s All Greek to Me,» his hilarious account of building a home in a village on Evia at the Compendium bookshop. Hear him and join in the discussion tonight at the Syntagma store (28 Nikis, tel 210.321.0226), or tomorrow night at the Glyfada branch (8 Marangou, tel 210.894.4887). Both readings start at 8 p.m. This evening, Manos Eleftheriou will attend a presentation of his enormously popular «The Time of Chrysanthemums» (O kairos ton chrysanthemon) and the book «Ermoupoli: A City in Literature» (Ermoupoli: Mia poli stin logotechnia), both from Metaichmio, at the Evripidis Stin Stoa bookstore. Composer-lyricist Thodoris Gonis and writer and co-editor of the Lexis literary journal Thanassis Niarchos will speak, and actors Claudia Zarafonitsou and Loukia Pistiola will read excerpts from Eleftheriou’s book. (At 11 A. Papandreou, Halandri, tel 210.680.0644.) Eleftheroudakis have one of their regular children’s readings this Saturday at noon on the third floor of their main branch at 17 Panepistimiou (tel 210.325.8840), which has been furnished with low seats and soft toys to suit young readers. This week’s book is Vangelis Ilioupolis’s «My Inspiration is to Tell You 10-and-a-Half Fairy Tales» (I empnefsi mou einai na sou po… deka paramythia kai miso), illustrated by Vasso Lambitsi and published by Patakis. In this story for children of 6 and over, Inspiration is a fairy that whispers a few words into writers’ ears to inspire them to write their tales. As for the half-story, the children themselves will help complete it. And don’t forget this year’s Cinema and Literature season starts this Sunday at the Apollon Filmcenter. A joint effort by the National Film Center and the National Book Center, the regular sessions at noon on Sunday are followed by discussion among the audience, literary and cinema critics. The first screening this season is «The Night of the Hunter.» Based on the novel by David Grubb, it was made in 1955 and is the only film that actor Charles Laughton directed.