Ithaca enters cyberspace

Ithaca, the English-language magazine published by the National Book Center of Greece (EKEBI) to promote Greek books, has gone online at The new streamlined version targets foreign publishers, agents and critics, while offering regular readers a snapshot of what’s new. Each month Ithaca Online will present seven recent publications selected from a wide range of titles – novels, short stories, poetry, essays, children’s literature, large-format illustrated books and cookery. The website is easy to navigate. A one-line introduction to each book has separate links to brief texts, biographies and copyright details for foreign rights buyers. Twice a year, in spring and autumn, Ithaca will come out in handy printed form – one leaflet for each category of books – to coincide with the major international book fairs. The books are selected by a committee comprising literary critic Vangelis Hatzivassileiou, translator and neo-Hellenist professor Jacques Bouchard, writer-translator Aris Marangopoulos, EKEBI director Catherine Velissaris and this writer.