Coming Together In Skokie: A Celebration of Greek Culture

Posted on January 31, 2013. Filed under: Event, Fiction, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Coming Together In Skokie is a city wide program that highlights and celebrates one of the communities’ many cultures. It does this through reading, discussing a common book, and other activies. Oakton Community College is proud to participate this year’s program celebrating Greek culture. Below is the list of books discussed in this year’s program.

book cover for The Green ShoreThe Green Shore
by Natalie Bakopoulos

Join us for the Book Discussion:
Wednesday, February 27
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Room A151, Skokie Campus

“In this masterful debut novel, Bakopoulos vividly illuminates a little-explored moment in Greek history: the 1967 military coup d etat, which ushered in a seven year period of devastating brutality and repression. We follow the adventures of one family, whose stories of love and resistance play out against the backdrop of this turbulent period. Their lives unfold in surprising ways, each seeking and finding love and fulfillment as they struggle to make their own peace. Set in Athens and Paris, the Green Shore is an ambitiously told literary tour de force that delves into a momentous episode in Greek history” (description provided by CTIS booklet).

book cover for War GamesWar Games
by Audrey Couloumbis and Akila Couloumbis

“For 12-year-old Petros, World War II feels unreal and far away. But when the Germans invade Greece, the war suddenly comes impossibly close. Overnight, neighbors become enemies. People begin to show Zola that he’s not just a little brother but that he can truly be counted on. Soon what were once just boy’s games become matters of life and death, as Petros and Zola each wonder if they, too, can make a difference” (description provided by CTIS booklet).

book cover for Greeks in ChicagoGreeks In Chicago
by Michael Davros

Join us as the author discusses his book in the event
Coming To America: Greek Immigration to the United States:
Thursday, February 7
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Room a145-152, Skokie Campus

“Greeks arrived in America with the expectation that freedom would permit their families to thrive and be successful. With hard work, belief in the Orthodox faith, and commitment to education, Greeks ascended in Chicago, and America, to positions of responsibility and success. Today Greek Americans are among the wealthiest and most successful of immigrant groups. Greeks recognized a historical imperative that they meet the challenges and aspirations of a classical Hellenic heritage. Greeks in Chicago celebrates the rich history of the Greek community through copious pictorial documentation” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Painted Words & Spoken MemoriesMarianthe’s Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories
by Aliki

“Returning to her own childhood for inspiration, Aliki has created an exceptional sixty-four-page book that presents Marianthe’s story — her present and her past. In Painted Words, Marianthe’s paintings help her to become less of an outsider as she struggles to adjust to a new language and a new school. Under the guidance of her teacher, who understands that there is more than one way to tell a story, Mari makes pictures to illustrate the history of her family, and eventually begins to decipher the meaning of words. In Spoken Memories, a proud Mari is finally able to use her new words to narrate the sequence of paintings she created, and share with her classmates her memories of her homeland and the events that brought her family to their new country” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Kevin Purtell


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