Light In Greece (#1): A Celebration of Nikos Kazantzakis
Date: Tuesday March 4, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm to 7 pm (5 pm meet the authors, 5:30 pm presentations begin)
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green Street, Ithaca, New York
Program: Thanasis Maskaleris discusses his book about the nature writings of Nikos Kazantzakis, and Michael Pastore talks about Kazantzakis’s life and works.
Join us for the first of the “Light In Greece” series. Our lively program features Greece-born author and translator Thanasis Maskaleris, talking about his much-praised book The Terrestrial Gospel of Nikos Kazantzakis. Professor Maskaleris will be introduced by Ithaca poet and novelist Michael Pastore, who will also present a brief introduction to Kazantzakis’s life and works.
After these presentations at the Tompkins County Public Library, we welcome you to attend a (free) performance of Greek music (by the Greek ensemble En Chordais) at the Cornell University campus, at Barnes Hall, Auditorium 129, from 8pm to 10 pm.
Thanasis Maskaleris was born in Arkadia, Greece and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 17. He has written original poetry in Greek and in English, and has translated contemporary Greek poetry and prose extensively. Professor Maskaleris has taught Comparative Literature, Classics and Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, until his recent retirement. He was the Founding Director of the Center for Modern Greek Studies and has spearheaded efforts that led to the establishment of the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair at SFSU in 1983. He has co-translated, into English, Nikos Kazantzakis’ Russia, and is currently working on a critical-biographical study of Kazantzakis (Kazantzakis and the Cretan Life-force).
Michael Pastore is a poet, novelist, and publisher who lives in Ithaca, New York. In 2008 — to promote freedom, non-violence, environmental awareness, creativity, and kindness — he founded Zorba Press.