NEW GREEK BOOKS FOR NATIONAL BOOK MONTH

New Greek Books - National Book Month 2019

So many books, so little time… Just in time for National Book Month, here are some new Greek books we’ve recently learned about. Add them to your reading list!


New Greek Books for Your Reading List

October is National Book Month! How about a new Reading List with new Greek books? Check out the book blurbs of these new works from Greek authors, and one PhilHellene, too. Let’s get to it!

Let’s get to it!

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Demons, Well-Seasoned: Book III of The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy

New Greek Books_Demons Well Seasoned_Patricia V Davis
  • By: Patricia V. Davis
  • Publisher: HD Media Press Inc (November 26, 2019)
  • ISBN-10: 1732064911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1732064911

Dare to Believe in Your Power…

A long-lost grandmother. A stay-at-home mom. A comic book fan. A five-year-old girl with a star-shaped birthmark. And nine more.

The cast is bigger, the stakes are higher. When Sarita’s grandmother, a Vodou priestess, foresees a terrible evil, Cynthia, Jane, Angela, and Rohini reunite on a heart-rending mission to save all that’s precious to them, including the iconic ship, the RMS Queen Mary. They cannot do it alone–the priestess tells them there must be “thirteen on the night of the thirteenth moon” in this life-or-death pursuit. Yet, can she be trusted?

Spiced with history and the supernatural, Demons, Well-Seasoned takes us from 1930s Glasgow, to New Orleans and Harlem in the 1950s, to present day southern California, and back again, on a metaphysical voyage that is both exhilarating and poignant. But before you embark upon this final sail with the denizens of The Secret Spice, be warned: expect to lose sleep, and keep tissues at hand. These valiant characters might just stay with you long after their story comes to a close.

Patricia V. Davis

PhilHellene Patricia V. Davis crafted the main characters in this trilogy based on women she befriended while living in Greece. The Secret Spice Café Trilogy is an Official Pulpwood Queens Book Club Selection. Her other books include Harlot’s Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss, and Greece; and The Diva Doctrine.

Related: REVIEW: ‘COOKING FOR GHOSTS’ BY PATRICIA V. DAVIS

Eva Palmer Sikelianos: A Life in Ruins

Eva Palmer Sikelianos: A Life in Ruins by Artemis Leontis
  • By: Artemis Leontis
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (March 5, 2019)
  • ISBN-10: 0691171726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691171722

This is the first biography to tell the fascinating story of Eva Palmer Sikelianos (1874–1952), an American actor, director, composer, and weaver best known for reviving the Delphic Festivals. Yet, Palmer’s most spectacular performance was her daily revival of ancient Greek life. For almost half a century, dressed in handmade Greek tunics and sandals, she sought to make modern life freer and more beautiful through a creative engagement with the ancients.

Along the way, she crossed paths with other seminal modern artists such as Natalie Clifford Barney, Renée Vivien, Isadora Duncan, Susan Glaspell, George Cram Cook, Richard Strauss, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Nikos Kazantzakis, George Seferis, Henry Miller, Paul Robeson, and Ted Shawn.

Brilliant and gorgeous, with floor-length auburn hair, Palmer was a wealthy New York debutante who studied Greek at Bryn Mawr College before turning her back on conventional society to live a lesbian life in Paris. She later followed Raymond Duncan (brother of Isadora) and his wife to Greece and married the Greek poet Angelos Sikelianos in 1907. With single-minded purpose, Palmer re-created ancient art forms, staging Greek tragedy with her own choreography, costumes, and even music. Having exhausted her inheritance, she returned to the United States in 1933, was blacklisted for criticizing American imperialism during the Cold War and was barred from returning to Greece until just before her death.
Drawing on hundreds of newly discovered letters and featuring many previously unpublished photographs, this biography vividly re-creates the unforgettable story of a remarkable nonconformist whom one contemporary described as “the only ancient Greek I ever knew.”

Artemis Leontis

Artemis is the C. P. Cavafy Professor of Modern Greek and Comparative Literature; Chair, Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan and has authored several books, including Culture and Customs of Greece.

Related: AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: ALEXANDER RASSOGIANIS

Short Stories of Life, Love, and Remembrance

  • By: Alexander Rassogianis
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (April 27, 2019)
  • ISBN-10: 1977210201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1977210203

The latest from the author of Rainbow Over Portland: A Spiritual Journey to Redeem Lost Love represents 16 beautifully crafted tales that bring to life characters grappling with the beauty and tragedy of everyday life, from the shattering trauma of war to the delicate anguish of seeing change in a longtime friendship. From a simple tale of nostalgia centered on childhood memories of a wondrous tree swing to an intriguing tale of a bond forged in suffering during a horrible ocean crossing; from the United States to Athens and Russia; from acts of redemption to amazing coincidences, these stories embrace, celebrate, and illuminate the moments that make us deeply human and richly alive.

Alexander Rassogianis

Chicago Greek Alexander Rassogianis is also the author of Return to Glenlord: Memories of Michigan Summers, and The Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Greek Immigrant in Chicago, Illinois: 1900-1930.

Related: REVIEW: ‘THE MANY FACES OF HELLENIC CULTURE’ BY BILLY COTSIS

Once upon a Time in Crystal Palace, Heart, Football and Life under Brexit

  • By: Billy Cotsis
  • Publisher: Publisher: Billy Wood (Release date: Australia 16 October, Amazon worldwide 10 November, UK July, 2020)
  • ISBN: -13: 978-1-64669-363-4

Crystal Palace, there’s no place in the world like it. Eclectic, diverse, dinosaurs in the park, an Eiffel Tower of their owns and home to a team that is progressing in the coveted FA Cup. Some of the Brit players and staff, led by Jenkins, have ganged up against the foreign players due to Brexit. Will the new political order hurt their chances to win the FA Cup, or will the off-filed dramas prove a distraction, too?

With Brexit looming in Britain, Filipos is seeing his struggling FC team marching through the Cup rounds. Despite his youthful age, he is considered a has-been with either a return to Australia or a stint in the desert on the horizon. The Greek Aussie is joined by his Cypriot buddy to navigate a range of problems, egos, domestic violence, gambling, and the meaning of heart and friendship.

Jamal is the struggling Captain with his own problems and woes. The Captain of a World Cup-winning team, he has to hold the egos of his team together while facing his own dramas, when Palace suddenly appoint Ferdinandinha as an assistant manager. What else could possibly go wrong in the Palace?

Based on a collection of real and imagined stories accumulated in Crystal Palace, not based on the real (and awesome) football team, this tale combines a dry sense of humor, drama, sport, and politics in a fast-paced nod to contemporary London and Europe.

Bill Cotsis

Greek-Australian Billy Cotsis is also a documentary filmmaker. His doc, ‘Mykonos: The Other Side’ has won several awards. Billy’s other books include From Pyrrhus to Cyprus Forgotten and Remembered Hellenic Kingdoms, Territories, Entities & a Fiefdom and The Many Faces of Hellenic Culture: Greek culture outside modern Greece.

Related: REVIEW: ESCAPING CYPRUS

The Six Broxmen

  • By: Gus Constantine
  • Publisher: Xlibris US (May 28, 2019)
  • ISBN-10: 1796035068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1796035063

Nikos moved from the small town of Glastonbury, Connecticut, to the Bronx to start his senior year of high school. On his very first day, three thugs in homeroom class challenged him. However, the six-foot-three-inch and 210-pound Nikos didn’t back down. As it turned out, the three thugs were extremely connected. After making friends with Irving Feldman and four of Nikos’s Glastonbury friends, who relocated from Glastonbury to the Bronx, they formed their own group called the Six Bronxmen. Even so, it wasn’t enough. Nikos flew to Greece to recruit his friend Tommy, and along with Tommy’s cousin Ronnie from Maryland, they formed a coalition to take on the most powerful organized crime families in America.

Gus Constantine

Greek-Cypriot-American Gus Constantine is also the author of Escaping Cyprus I & II.

The Siege of Troy: A Novel

  • By: Theodor Kallifatides
  • Translated by: Marlaine Delargy
  • Published by: Other Press (September 10, 2019)
  • ISBN-10: 159051971X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590519714

In this perceptive retelling of The Iliad, a young Greek teacher draws on the enduring power of myth to help her students cope with the terrors of Nazi occupation.

Bombs fall over a Greek village during World War II, and a teacher takes her students to a cave for shelter. There she tells them about another war—when the Greeks besieged Troy. Day after day, she recounts how the Greeks suffer from thirst, heat, and homesickness, and how the opponents meet—army against army, man against man. Helmets are cleaved, heads fly, blood flows. And everything had begun when Prince Paris of Troy fell in love with King Menelaus of Sparta’s wife, the beautiful Helen, and escaped with her to his homeland. Now Helen stands atop the city walls to witness the horrors set in motion by her flight. When her current and former loves face each other in battle, she knows that, whatever happens, she will be losing.

This book provides remarkable psychological insight in his version of The Iliad, downplaying the role of the gods and delving into the mindsets of its mortal heroes. Homer’s epic comes to life with a renewed urgency that allows us to experience events as though firsthand and reveals timeless truths about the senselessness of war and what it means to be human.

Theodor Kallifatides

Greek Author Theodor Kallifatides published his first book in 1969. The award-winning author has published He has published novels, poetry collections, travel essays, and plays. He’s also written film scripts and has directed a film. I haven’t read any of his previous works and look forward to checking out this one.

New Greek Books

Well, that ought to keep you busy for a few weeks! Happy Reading!


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