Book events in the capital

A news-reading parrot and an exorcist are some of the characters in Maria Markouli’s short-story collection «Drive In,» published by Kedros. Hear the author present her work at 7 p.m. today. (Evripidis Sti Stoa bookstore, 11 Andrea Papandreou, Halandri, tel 210.680.0644.) Launch with reading Ellinika Grammata launches Costas Katsoularis’s new book «Mikro Daktylio» (Inner Traffic Ring) at the Bartesera venue Monday, December 3, at 7.30 p.m. Writer Nikos Panayiotopoulos will talk with the author, and actors Renos Haralambidis and Evangelia Stamatellou will read extracts. Radio and theater personality Constantinos Tzoumas will read the short story «The Lookalike of Constantinos Tzoumas.» (Bartesera, 25 Kolokotroni, Praxitelous Arcade, tel 210.389.1800.) Exhibition An exhibition of photographs from the book «People of Toil: Thessaly,» by Maroula Kliafa, and the 2008 diary «Thessaly: Soil as Bitter as Bread,» edited by Thomas Psyrras, opens at 8 p.m. December 5 at Polyhoro Metaichmio. The photographs and books commemorate human toil and trades that have fallen into disuse. The exhibition runs till January 8, 2008. (118 Ippocratous, tel 211.300.33580. Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)