CULTURE

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 www.ithacaonline.gr/. 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.