Immigrant Writer Honored

A special honor was bestowed upon Dr. Nicholas D. Kokonis, a Chicago resident and an immigrant from Arcadia, Greece, when the Academy of Athens awarded him with a “Special Commendation” for Ellada Mou, Patrida Mou, the Greek edition of his autobiographical novel Arcadia, My Arcadia.

In addition, the Ministry of Education judged Kokonis’ book to be most appropriate for students and placed it on the list for the country’s school libraries.

Readers and critics have praised Arcadia, My Arcadia for its originality, elegance of style and inspiring messages. Nick Gage, author of Eleni, wrote “it touches deeply.” Prof. Maria Mantouvalou, University of Athens, said: “It is on a scale above history itself.” Prof. Alex Karanikas said: “It’s so masterfully, so elegantly crafted it shines.” Mary Papoutsy, of the Hellenic Communication Service, wrote: “It stands out even among a field of shining stars…A must read.” For more, visit

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Academy of Athens Commendation

(Posting date 18 November 2009)

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