Greek Cypriot soldiers are taken prisoner by Turkish troops. In ‘A Dark Room,’ Alexis Papachelas, executive editor of Kathimerini, publishes, for the first time, all 38 recorded minutes of the crucial War Council meeting that took place during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus on July 20, 1974.

‘Few would suppose that when US Admiral Richard G. Colbert, commander-in-chief of NATO forces in Southern Europe, was pictured giving an interview beside Greek dictator Georgios Papadopoulos mere hours after the bloodshed at Athens Polytechnic – a scene immortalized in the 1974 Jules Dassin film “The Rehearsal” – he was not, in fact, a manifestation of American support for the regime.


Problems in the global supply chain due to Covid-19, combined with a paper shortage, are affecting book publishers and readers risk paying the price – also in Greece. It is not yet clear if the trend will drive up sales of e-books or simply hit new publications.

The cover of the book ‘No! You Will Not Get in Our Nose,’ with information on the coronavirus and safety tips for schoolchildren. A copy of the book was burnt by anti-vaxxers and Covid-19 deniers at a rally in Halkida on Evia on Monday, recalling a darker periods. The act was decried by its illustrator in comments to Kathimerini.

In the wake of a demo by anti-vaxxers and Covid-19 deniers on Monday night, which harked back to darker times, notable animator and children’s book illustrator Panagiotis Rappas expressed his sorrow at the burning of a copy of a children’s book that was distributed in schools outlining the dangers of the coronavirus and offering safety advice.


Last year’s lockdowns appear to have dealt a hard blow to libraries, with the biannual survey of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) showing traffic nosedive by 67%, from 5 million visitors in 2018 to 1.7 million in 2020.

The neoclassical Old Parliament building, designed initially by French architect Francois Boulanger, whose drawings were modified in 1863 by the architect Panagiotis Kalkos, housed the Parliament and Senate from 1875 and 1935. [Image taken from the book]

The bicentennial of the start of the Greek War of Independence has yielded a rich harvest of books in English that shed new light on this seminal event in Greek and European history.

Christos Chomenidis was born in Athens in 1966 and published his first novel, ‘The Wise Kid,’ in 1993. ‘Niki’ was published in 2014 and received Greece’s State Prize for Literature before netting the European Book Prize this year. [Nikos Kokkalias]

Christos Chomenidis was awarded the European Book Prize (Prix du Livre Europeen) for his novel “Niki” on November 15.


The Hellenic Observatory at the London School of Economics (LSE) will host the virtual book launch of Alexis Papahelas’ new book on the Greek junta, A Dark Room, 1967-1974, on November 25 at 6 p.m.

A postcard from the beginning of the 20th century.

When I asked journalist and author Bruce Clark whether there is one thing about Athens that has remained unchanged through time, he immediately answered, “The Acropolis.” 


The Swedish Academy that chooses the Nobel Laureates in Literature said Monday it was following the case against Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, who is under investigation for allegedly insulting modern Turkey’s founder in his latest novel.

Peter Kuper's illustration for 9/11: A human-like Empire State
Building weeping over the ruins of the Twin Towers. (left) The cover of the 9/11 edition of ‘World War 3 Illustrated’ (December
2001), designed by Kuper. (right)

His memorable work – be it political cartoons for magazines like The New Yorker or The Nation or graphic novels, including adaptations of works by great masters like Franz Kafka and Joseph Conrad – has captivated the whole planet.

Sharing a podcast at Columbia University in New York, April 8, 2010. [Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times]

Over the past few years, I have been obsessed with the work of Australian novelist Liane Moriarty. Yes, me and everyone else. Ever since her 2014 blockbuster, “Big Little Lies,” Moriarty has become one of the publishing industry’s most dependable hitmakers.