Sunday 27 February 2022
In February, the Book Club for Teens resumes its meetings, featuring Stella Kasdagli as moderator.
The book we will be reading together in February is Jacqueline Woodson’s If You Come Softly.
For this meeting, 30 members aged 12 to 16 will meet online on Sunday, February 27, 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 February: If You Come Softly is a book that deals in a beautiful and meaningful way with first loves, the prejudices that often hold us apart, and a host of other social issues that concern us to this day, regardless of which part of the world we live in.
Jeremiah is Black. Ellie is white and Jewish. They live in two very different worlds, but this doesn’t matter to them at all. The only thing that matters to them is to be together. However, the only thing that matters to other people is, unfortunately, to keep them apart.
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 27/02 | 13.00 - 14.00
For boys and girls aged 12-16
Free participation via online pre-registration
Pre-registration for 27/02, starts on Monday 31/01 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).
The Greek edition of the book If You Come Softly is available 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.