Sunday 26 June 2022
The Book Club for Teens is very excited to meet again in June, facilitated by writer Stella Kasdagli.
The book we will be reading together this month is Menelaos Lountemis’s A Child Counting the Stars.
30 club members aged 12 to 16 will meet online on Sunday, June 26, at 13:00, in order to discover more worlds that are waiting to be conjured by the readers themselves, i.e. us.
Don't worry if you haven't read the entire book, or if you didn't join our previous meeting: either way, Stella will be giving the cue each month, announcing the book that we will all be reading together over the weeks to follow. At the end of the month, the group of people who have read the book (or at least half of it) will be meeting to exchange thoughts, impressions, feelings and concerns, triggered by what we have just read, whether we liked it a lot or not so much.
A few words about the book for June:
It’s about time that we read a classic, which you have probably already heard of, but perhaps never read in its entirety. A Child Counting the Stars tells the adventures of Melios Kadras, a poor orphaned boy: in his hometown, his boss does not let him get an education for fear of knowledge distracting him from work. A village teacher will sense Melios’s thirst for knowledge and give him some books to start with. Melios is shaken to the core by the things that he reads, no matter how many times he reads them. His eagerness to learn will ultimately catch up with his boss, who prevents him from ever meeting with the teacher again. When Melios leaves the village and comes to the city, all alone, in order to get an education, he will experience fairness and injustice, love and hatred, kindness and evil, friendship and hostility. Still, his permanent companion in this journey will always be a book, as well as his unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
A few more words about Stella:Stella Kasdagli is a writer, translator, co-founder of the nonprofit “Women on Top” and an educator of teenagers and adults. She graduated (God knows how) from the French Literature department of the University of Athens and then studied Media Theory in London. She worked for several years as Editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan magazine, while also writing pieces for several other Greek and English-language sites and publications. Currently, she is designing and implementing activities that empower women, writing about issues that she believes should be discussed more, translating foreign-language literature, and facilitating workshops for teenagers on the subjects of body image, internet, and social change. She is also co-founder of the Mentorkids network and the online reading club Bookworm. She has written the following books (in Greek): Tummy.com; I only wanted to fit in; 30 women who changed the world (and how you can change it too); and the Princess Athena series. She has two daughters and is growing up with them in Athens.
Sunday 26/06 | 13.00 - 14.30
For boys and girls aged 12-16
Free participation via online pre-registration
Pre-registrations starts on Monday 30/05, at 12.00
The first 30 to sign up through the link they will receive will be enrolled
Anyone reserving a seat at the Book Club is required to have read the book of the month (or at least half of it).
Menelaos Lountemis’s book A Child Counting the Stars is available (in Greek) from Patakis Publishers.
As part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center's collaboration with the National Library of Greece, the book for December's Reading Club has been chosen by NLG staff members.