CULTURE

Greening the future is theme of the 38th Book Festival

The 38th Book Festival is dedicated to the climate. Denmark is hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on December 7, and with that in mind, Danish Ambassador to Athens Tom Norring suggested «Greening the Future» as the festival theme. Everyday at Zappeio there will be book presentations, film screenings and meetings with authors (for details, see www.sekb.gr). The Danes have organized a «green» concert at the festival on September 17 with the Danish band Grand Avenue and the Greek group Maraveyas Ilegal. Danish writer Iris Garnov will mark the opening of the festival on September 11 with a reading from her book, «Poems from Greenland,» which reflects the dangers to the ecosystem caused by climate change. On the following day, Peter Fogtdal will read from his work, «In the Constellation of Scorpio.» Actors Maria Papadopoulou and Constantinos Constantopoulos will read the extracts in Greek, accompanied by Giorgos Georgiadis on bassoon and Dimitris Theoharis on piano. Both events will take place at the Danish Institute (14A Hairefontos, Aghias Aikaterinis Sq, Plaka), from 8 to10 p.m. The National Book Center of Greece (EKEBI) is holding a series of environment-related events for children at the festival, including meetings with writers and opportunities to take part in dramatized readings of fairy tales (details at www.ekebi.gr). EKEBI and Empeiria Editions will also run a children’s library with more than 400 books. Young visitors can write their thoughts, wishes and suggestions for the environment in Giorgos Yiannousis’s book «My First Diary.» The authors of the five most original ideas will win books from Empeiria. The festival, which is organized by the League of Publishers (SEKB) with the City of Athens Cultural Organization and the Athens Publishers’ Association (SEBA), runs September 11-27. Greek Parliamentary Speaker Dimitris Sioufas will conduct the official opening at 8 p.m. on Monday, September 14. The Book Festival will be open Monday-Thursday from 6 to 10.30 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.