Jeffrey Eugenides

Thursday / September 27 / 2018
Jeffrey Eugenides

Pulitzer laureate Jeffrey Eugenides, an American of Greek descent,is visiting Athens for Athens 2018 World Book Capital, organized by the Municipality of Athens, with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation as the main sponsor and supported by the Embassy of the United States in Athens.

The acclaimed author will talk with author Kallia Papadaki and journalist and book critic Mikela Chartoulari on Thursday 27 September at 20.00 at the Greek National Opera’s Alternative Stage, SNFCC.

Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and studied at Brown and Stanford universities. In 2003, Eugenides received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and France's Prix Médicis. His novel The Marriage Plot (2011) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and received the Prix Fitzgerald as well as the Madame Figaro Literary Prize. Since 2014, Eugenides has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His bestselling novels Middlesex, The Marriage Plot, and Fresh Complaint are published by FSG.

In the SNFCC talk, the author – starting off with his Greek-Irish background and its essential as well as symbolic influence on him and his work – will discuss the issues of the mixed and fluid identity in contemporary Western societies and comment on whether biological or social factors shape personality.  Moreover, he will discuss the new challenges facing the U.S.A. as well as the similarities and differences of the current crisis to the one that plagued his native city, Detroit – a model of development, which nevertheless descended into a social and financial crisis.

The Mayor of Athens, Georgios Kaminis, will address the event.

Jeffrey Eugenides’ visit to Greece is realized with the collaboration of Athens 2018 World Book Capital, organized by the Municipality of Athens, the Embassy of the United States in Athens, Patakis Editions and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

The conversation will be held in English with simultaneous translation into Greek and it will be livestreamed at the Book Castle of National Library of Greece at the SNFCC. The signing of the books will follow right after.

Thursday 27/09 | 20.00


The talk will be in English with simultaneous interpretation into Greek.

Admission is free of charge; preregistration begins on 17 September at 12.00; priority passes will be handed out starting 18.30 on the day of the event at SNFCC. 

Prereigration Link  

Doors open at 19.30.
After the lecture, the author will be signing copies of his books.