CULTURE

Readers’ groups and workshops for amateurs and professionals

Care to share some leisurely reading and discussion of the classics in an unusual setting? Why not join a readers’ club that meets on a train? Tomorrow is the deadline to register for «The charm of the classics and the pleasures of slow reading,» a readers’ club organized by the National Book Center of Greece (EKEBI). The club will meet one Sunday a month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting January 21. Readers will meet on a restored 1924 carriage of the fabled Orient Express train at Rouf, made available by the AXANA art company. The coordinator is writer Takis Theodoropoulos, who says the club is intended for «those who believe that the spirit of Socrates is still alive, that the opportunism of Alcibiades concerns us directly and that Oedipus is not just a complex but one of the most enjoyable works of world literature.» Ancient Greek is not a prerequisite though Modern Greek is. Attendance is free and there will be two groups of roughly 15 members. (Information: EKEBI, tel 210.920.0300, e-mail [email protected], website www. ekebi.gr.) Workshops Find out about the next series of seminars in the Book Workshop series and get to know the people running them at EKEBI next Wednesday, January 24, at noon. There are beginners and advanced groups for each seminar, most of which last for 10 weeks. Topics include writing (with sub-sections on novels, short stories, poetry, essay/criticism and children’s literature; editing and bookbinding). There are free workshops for schoolchildren, and seminars for book professionals on topics such as using the Biblionet website, selling rights to foreign publishers, editing, and selling and screen rights to books. Registration will be open until January 31. (Information: EKEBI, 4 Athanassiou Diakou, Acropolis metro station.)