Book lovers to get readings, launches, film

Compendium bookstore’s new season of poetry readings starts this evening with Eleni Fortuni introducing her latest book of poetry, «The Return.» (Compendium, 5 Nikodimou & Nikis. For information, call 210.322.1248 or e-mail [email protected].) Ritual poetics Alexandria Publications presents «Toward a Ritual Poetics» by Dimitris Giatromanolakis and Panayiotis Roilos at the Union of Foreign Press Correspondents tomorrow. The speakers are: Athanassios Markopoulos, a professor of Byzantine history at Athens University; Georgios Babiniotis, emeritus professor of linguistics at Athens University and president of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture; and Gregory Nagy, director of the Center for Greek Studies at Harvard. (Union of Foreign Press Correspondents, 23 Academias, tel 210.360.5844.) ‘Days of Atonement’ The Hellenic American Union and the author Ellen Boneparth present her book «Days of Atonement» on Monday, October 23, at 8.30 p.m. The book tells of a Jewish woman who comes to Greece in search of her roots and uncovers stories of the Holocaust and the struggle for survival during the Nazi occupation of Greece. Dr Boneparth is a former professor of political science and university administrator who also served as a diplomat in the US Foreign Service. The presentation is in English and will be followed by a short reception. (HAU, 22 Massalias, 2nd floor, tel 210.368.0052.) Seferis Scenes from the award-winning documentary «Deck Diary: George Seferis» will be screened October 24 at the Ianos bookstore. The event has been organized by Metaichmio publishers, Periplus productions and Ianos on the 35th anniversary of the poet’s death. Speakers include Maria Stassinopoulou, author of «Chronology-Bibliography of George Seferis (1900-1971),» Cypriot Ambassador Giorgos Giorgis, and director Stelios Haralambopoulous. (Ianos, 24 Stadiou, 8 p.m. For information, call Metaichmio at 211.300.3500.) Paul Durcan Distinguished Irish poet Paul Durcan will be reading from his recent works at the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies on October 25 at 8 p.m. Winner of the 1974 Patrick Kavanagh Award, a former vocalist with Van Morrison and a regular presence on Irish radio, Durcan is known for lively performances of his work. He is also famous for his self-deprecating wit and wry analysis of the condition of the male in Irish society. His 1985 collection «The Berlin Wall Cafe,» a series of poems about the breakup of his marriage, was a Poetry Book Society choice and is regarded by many critics as his most important work. (Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies, 51a Notara, tel 210.884.8074.)

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