CULTURE

Book events around the Greek capital

The yearlong tribute to Nikos Engonopoulos (1907-1985) on the centenary of his birth continues next week with a joint initiative of the Greek Ministry of Culture, the National Book Center (EKEBI) and the Benaki Museum. A conference, titled «Nikos Engonopoulos: The Painter and the Poet,» on November 23 and 24, will bring together some 30 scholars. The first day of the conference will address how art historians see Engonopoulos’s work today and the second day will focus on Engonopoulos the poet, one of the least-studied Greek poets of the 1930s. (Benaki Museum New Wing, 135 Pireos Street & Andronikou, tel 210.345.3111.) Discussion & presentation At Ianos bookstore today, events begin at noon with an open discussion on the European Parliament led by personalities from the worlds of politics and culture. Later, at 8 p.m., Ianos and Ermis Publications present Kaiti Mavromatis’s latest novel «The chronia tis Alexandreias» (The Alexandria Years), while there will also be a short concert of works written by Lena Platonos specially for the event. The book will be introduced by Dimitris Daskalopoulos and extracts read by Giorgos Chronas, Ioanna Haliabalia and the author herself. (Ianos bookstore, 24 Stadiou Street, tel 210.321.7917.) For children A little bat’s frantic search for her pink barrette is the subject of the children’s book «Little Bat Lost her Hair-Clip» by Antonis Papatheodopoulou, with illustrations by Eliza Vavouri, to be presented by Papadopoulos publishers on Sunday morning at the Herakleidon Museum. Seating is limited; call 210.346.1981 for reservations. (Herakleidon Museum, 16 Irakleidon Street, Thiseion.) Amanda Michalopoulou Prolific novelist Amanda Michalopoulou will be presenting her latest book, «Pringipissa Savra» (Princess Lizard), published by Kastaniotis, on Monday, November 19, at 8 p.m. Actors Reni Pittaki, Antonis Papadakis and Alexandra Aidini will read extracts. (Center for Arts and Letters, 104 Themistocleous Street, Exarchia, tel 210.330.1208.)