Book Clubs participate dynamically in the 20th TBF

Under the Auspices of H. E. the President of the Hellenic Republic,  
Katerina Sakellaropoulou 

20th Thessaloniki International Book Fair 
May 16-19, 2024 

 

For a second consecutive year, book clubs, as genuine, diachronic cores of the love for reading and the dissemination of books, will be present at the Thessaloniki International Book Fair. Last year, there was the first meeting in Thessaloniki with many book clubs from Athens and Northern Greece, with discussions and a scientific meeting regarding book clubs and the love for reading. This year, book clubs – members of the Book Clubs Network from Northern Greece will pick up the torch and will meet within the framework of the TBF; they will discuss the characteristics of book clubs, such as their social contribution, volunteering and extroversion, the role of children’s clubs in the cultivation of the love for reading and the relationship between books and the media; they will also talk about crime or historical novels and along with distinguished guests they will analyze issues of national identity. 

The creation of a Book Clubs Network is an initiative that started in 2022 with the coordination of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture. The HFC addressed an open invitation to book clubs throughout the country in order for them to register in a special platform, which remains active; in addition, there were meetings and events and up to now there were dozens of book clubs from all over Greece which were gathered and are active again, creating synergies between them. 

On Saturday, 18/05, at 3 p.m., the Love for Reading Club of Komotini and the Children’s Book Club Dio Laloun kai Oli Diavazoun (Two Sing and Everybody Reads), focusing on the ways the children will approach books as future readers in Greece, will present an interactive game for children up to 8 years old entitled From stone to e-book, about the history and evolution of writing and books. At the same time, there will be a discussion among adults entitled Creating readers about the ways in which a children’s book club can contribute to the creation of readers at an era of the geometric increase of the time spent on screens. Participants: Dimitra Pirgeli, writer, bookseller and coordinator of the children’s book club Dio laloun kai oli diavazoun, Nasos Skopianos, librarian, member of the Love for Reading Club of Komotini. The discussion will be coordinated by Rena Samara-Maina, philologist, coordinator of the Love for Reading Club of Komotini. 

On Saturday, 18/05, 6-8 p.m., the Hellenic Foundation for Culture and the Book Clubs Network are organizing an event entitled Book Clubs: Extroversion, Volunteering and Social contribution, as well as a Workshop and an open discussion with the audience about the Loud Literary Reading. On the occasion of the meeting of the Book Clubs from all over the country at the 20th TBF, coordinators and members of the book clubs will exchange views on the social role and contribution of book clubs to the community as well as about how loud reading can be a mainspring for the amelioration of the life of vulnerable social groups and the dissemination of the love for reading. Participants: Kelly Palla, philologist, coordinator of “Ex Libris” team – of the book club of “Philologist” association, writer, Georgia Poulou, philologist, animator at the Book Clubs “Erasmian Light” and “Literary Walks”, Rena Samara-Maina, philologist, coordinator of the Love for Reading Club of Komotini, Fotini Christidou, philologist, coordinator of the Book Club of the Regional Library of Triandria, “Writers of Thessaloniki and the world”, poet, and Maria Psoma-Petridou, coordinator of the Book Clubs “S.A.A.K.”, “The Nine Great Anarchists” and the Volunteering Team of Loud Readings “Diavase mou” (“Read to me”), writer, columnist on culture. 

On Sunday, 19/05, at 12:00, the Love for Reading Club of Komotini, “Ex Libris” Book Club of the Association of Graduates of the School of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, “Philologos”, and the Book Club “Erasmian Light” will discuss the Construction and deconstruction of the national identity regarding the writers of the Balkans: the case of Tilemachos Kotsias and Christos Armando Gezos. On the occasion of the novels “The seven windows” of Tilemachos Kotsias and “An awl was lost” of Christos Armando Gezos, there will be an examination of how the writers of the Balkan Peninsula ensure the multicultural coexistence based on the respect of the Other’s diversity. Participants: Stavroula Mavrogeni, professor at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Eastern Studies of the University of Macedonia, Rena Samara-Maina, philologist, coordinator of the Love for Reading Club of Komotini, Kelly Palla, philologist, coordinator of “Ex Libris” Book Club, Georgia Poulou, philologist, animator of book clubs. Guest: Christos Armando Gezos, writer. 

At the TBF, the Policemen Book Club “Christos Tsolakis” will also participate, reading the book entitled “The Dance of the Eagle”, of the archaeologist and writer Naya Dalakoura (Kleidarithmos Publications), on Friday, 17/05, at 7 p.m. Speakers: Konstantinos Bikos, Dean of the School of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Eleni Chousni, writer-journalist, Dimitris Apostolou, President of the Policemen Club of Thessaloniki, Giorgos Apostolou, coordinator of the Book Club, Naya Dalakoura, writer of the book, Semina Digeni, KKE MP-journalist. Coordination: Eleni Chousni, journalist-writer. On Sunday, 19/05, at 7 p.m., the Historical Novel Book Club of the Centre of History of Thessaloniki of the Municipality of Thessaloniki will participate by reading the book entitled The city of the innocent of Katerina Karizoni (Kastaniotis Publications) with the coordinator of the book club, Georgios Koukoutsis, educator. Also on Sunday, at 5 p.m., the Book Club of ERT3 will be with us at the TBF at the event entitled Book and the Media: Talk about ERT3. Speakers: Grigoris Paschalidis, professor at the Department of Journalism and Media, Filios Stagkos, journalist, General Director of ERT3, Dimitris Nikoloudis, head of the radio programs of ERT3, interpreter, Yorgos Kalientzidis, journalist, coordinator of the Book Club of ERT3. Coordination: Synthia Sapika, journalist-Information Director of ERT3. 

More on the Book Clubs Network can be found HERE. 

More information and details about the program of the 20th TBF will be announced soon. Visit the TBF’s webpage https://www.thessalonikibookfair.gr/. 

Photos from the participants in the exhibition and snapshots of the various organizations can be found HERE. 

 

The Thessaloniki International Book Fair is organized by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture in cooperation with Greek publishers, TIF-HELEXPO, the Central Macedonia Region and the Municipality of Thessaloniki, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. It is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the 2021-2027 Regional Operational Program (ROP) of Central Macedonia. The TBF is a member of the International Book Fairs Forum and of ALDUS UP – the European Book Fairs Network. 

With the support of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.