We are thrilled to announce yet another get-together of our Teen Reading Club in September, hosted, as usual, by the author Stella Kasdagli.
The book we’ll be reading this month is Faster Than Dreams by Fabrizio Silei.
For this meeting, 27 members between 12 and 16 years old get tother at the SNFCC’s Mediterranean Garden on Sunday, September 26, at 18:30, to discover alternative worlds waiting to be created by the readers themselves – that’s us!
Don’t worry if you don’t have time to get through the whole book, or if you didn’t make it to our previous meeting: in any case, Stella will give the signal each month, announcing the book we’ll all be reading over the next few weeks. At the end of the month, the gang that has read the book (or half of it, at least!) will get together to share thoughts, impressions, feelings and concerns inspired by what we read – whether we liked it a lot, or not so much!
A bit more on September’s book
Faster Than Dreams is a wonderful book that speaks of the force of willpower and the importance of family, as well as touching upon the value of sports and the history of racism. It is, in fact, based in a true story, as Wilma Rudolph was a real American athlete and Olympic medalist. In the 1960 Rome Olympics, she won three gold medals in track and field, making her the first American female to achieve such an accolade. The book’s author does not shy away from controversial topics, which aren’t often discussed openly, and in 2014 he was honored with the prestigious Hand Christian Andersen Award.
It isn’t easy being Afro-American in 1960s America. Even worse if you also have a physical disability and happen to be a girl. Wilma, however, has big dreams and wants to turn them into reality: she wants to play with her siblings, to run, to be the first to cross the finish line… This is the story of Wilma Rudolph, who became an Olympic champion by running faster that poverty, illness and injustice.
A bit more on Stella:
Stella Kasdagli is an author, translator, co-founder of the non-profit organization Women On Top, and educator to teenagers and adults. She completed her degree (only God knows how) in French Philology in Athens, and went on to study Media Theory in London. She worked as an editor on Cosmopolitan magazine for a number of years, while also writing for other Greek and English-language publications and sites. She now designs and implements actions to empower women, writes on topics she’d like to see discussed more widely, translates foreign literature, and runs workshops for teenagers on body image, the internet and social change. She is also (phew!) co-founder of the Mentorkids network and the Bookworm online book club. She has written the books Koilitsa.com [Belly.com], Ithela mono na horeso [I only wanted to fit], 30 gynaikes pou allaksan ton kosmo (kai pos boreis na ton allakseis ki esi) [30 women who changed the world (and how you can change it, too)], and the Princess Athena series. She has two daughters, and they grow up together in Athens.
Sunday 26/09, 18.30
For boys and girls aged 12-16 years old
Free participation by online pre-registration
To take part in the Reading Club, those who register must have read the book of the month (or half of it, at least).
Faster Than Dreams by Fabrizio Silei is available in Greek translation by Patakis Publications.
In the context of the collaboration between the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and the National Library of Greece, the teenage book of September's Reading Club has been selected by the Staff of the NLG.
The use of face mask and social distancing measures are mandatory in indoor and outdoor areas of the SNFCC, in accordance with Hellenic National Public Health Organization regulations.
Due to public health measures, there may be changes regarding either the staging of the event, or the maximum number of participants.
Children should always be accompanied by parents or adult chaperones, who should stay outside the activity area for as long as the activity lasts