Ships of Mercy Book Signing Schedule

and Presentation

Book Presentation: "ATrue American Hero"

Using a combination of imagery from his book and unpublished research, author Chris Papoutsy discusses this new volume about American heroism and generosity in a 45-minute power-point presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Ships of Mercy reveals the true heroes of Smyrna, later forgotten by history.The book is based on more than 10 years of research by the Papoutsys, who traveled extensively in their quest to uncover and document the truth about the rescue of hundreds of thousands of Greek refugees from Smyrna. They discovered a compelling story and found previously unpublished materials.Vintage photographs, exhibits, naval war diaries, and captains' logs appear for the first time in the pages of this volume.

ISBN: 9781913807661
Hardcover: 280pp; Price $30.00

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Ships of Mercy dispels common myths about the evacuation of the refugees and clearly documents the real heroes in this enormous tragedy. The book also clarifies the role of the U.S. Navy, showing how U.S. naval officers, horrified by the plight of the refugees, worked with Asa Jennings and organized the ships in the area into a large-scale rescue operation. During the fall of 1922, vessels from the United States, Great Britain, Italy and France evacuated thousands from Turkish shores.The American vessels also provided desperately needed food and medical care, and delivered supplies to the refugee camps.

How these events became lost to history can only be speculated upon, but at last the true story can be told. Ships of Mercy is the account of these forgotten heroes. Surprising and powerful, it is a story that needs to be told.

Book Signing and Presentation Schedule

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To schedule a presentation and signing in your area, contact Melissa Dickinson: 603-379-8140 and . Organizers hosting an event will receive a generous donation based on book sales from the presentation and signing. Updated 4 August 2009.

Date Time Host/Location Contact

May 8, 2008 7:00pm GreekConsulate
86 BeaconSt., Boston, MA 02108

May 12, 2008 7:00pm Annunciation GOC
7 Harris St. (Harris and ParkSts.),
Newburyport, MA 01950
Fr.Constantine Newman

May 15, 2008 7:00pm St.Nicholas GOC
40 AndrewJarvis Dr.,
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Fr.Angelo Pappas

May 16, 2008 11:30am Maine Festival of Books and
Hellenic Society Paideia of Maine
Maine Historical Society
489 CongressSt.,Portland,ME 04101
Mr.Paul MacDowell

May 19, 2008 7:00pm TheGreek Institute
1038 Massachusetts Ave.,
Cambridge,MA 02138
Ms.Maria Anagnostopoulos

May 21, 2008 7:00pm St.Vasilios GOC
5-7 Paleologos St.
Peabody, MA 01960
Fr.Christos Foustoukas

May 28, 2008 7:00pm Holy Apostles Sts.Peter and Paul GOC
154-156 Winter St.
Haverhill, MA 01830
Fr.Makarios Niakaros

June 1, 2008 6:00pm Metropolis of Boston Annual Awards Dinner
6 Billings Street
Randolph, MA 02368
Sophia Nibi

June 4, 2008 11:30 to
The Literati Scene - BNNTV
The Swans Cafe, Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Smoki Bacon
&Dick Concannon

June 5, 2008 7:00pm Hellenic Society Paideia of NH and Annunciation GOC
93 Locust St.
Dover, NH 03820

June 7, 2008 2:00--7:00pm
book signing;
Living Museum
Worcester Greek Festival
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral
102 Russell St.
Worcester, MA 01609
Church office:

June 8, 2008 1:00pm St. George Cathedral GOC
650 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH. 03104
Fr. Andrew Mahalares

June 22, 2008 Noon Asia Minor HellenicAmerican Society &
Annunciation GOC
4129 South Union Street
Akron, Ohio 44304
Mr. Nick Topouzis
Dr. Bill Samonidis

June 22, 2008 6:30pm Asia Minor Hellenic American Society &
Holy Trinity GOC
14705 Fairhaven Ave., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Mr. Nick Topouzis
Dr. Bill Samonidis

Sept. 13, 2008 7:00pm Transfiguration GOC
Fr. John Sarantos Way (Clark St.)
Lowell, MA. 01854
Dr. Anthony Ziagos

Sep. 25, 2008 7:00pm Back again by popular demand
Holy Apostles Sts.Peter and Paul GOC
154-156 Winter St.
Haverhill, MA 01830
Fr.Makarios Niakaros

Sep 30, 2008
7:00pm Camden (Maine) Public Library
55 Main St.
Camden, ME 04843
Bowdoin College

Oct. 2, 2008 7:00pm Rye Public Library
581 Washington Road
Rye, NH. 03870
Martha Jones
(603) 964-8401

Oct. 12, 2008 Noon Kimisis Tis Theotokou GOC
111 St. Andrews Road
Southhampton, NY. 11968
Rev. Fr. Alex Karloutsos
Mr. Dimitrios Hatgistavrou
(631) 283-6169 -Office

Oct. 16, 2008 TBA St. Spyridon GOC
Thames & Brewer Street
Newport, RI. 02840
Sponsored by AHEPA of Newport, RI
Church Office:
(401) 846-0555
Christos Psilos, Chairman
(401) 832-2307 or
Cell Phone: (401) 829-3641

Oct. 18, 2008
7:00pm book
and signing
Co-Sponsored by Paideia Society
(of Portland, Maine) and
Holy Trinity Greek
Orthodox Church
133 Pleasant St.
Portland, ME
Church office:

Oct. 19, 2008 5:00pm St.GeorgeGreekOrthodox Cathedral
433 Fairfield Ave.
Hartford, CT
Prof. Andrew Walsh
Trinity College
(860) 297-5354 (O)
(860) 633-4659 (H) or
Dr. James C. Rouman
(860) 527-0820

Oct. 26, 2008 12-3pm St. Philips GOC and AHEPA
Nashua, NH
Arthur Matsis

Oct. 29, 2008 TBA
Early Evening
St. Spyridon Cathedral
102 Russel Street
Worcester, MA. 01609
Church office:
(508) 791-7326

Nov.6, 2008 7:00pm Philoptochos Society of St. Demetrios
57 Brown Street
Weston, MA. 02493
Church Office:
(781) 237-5644

St. Demetrios GOC
186 Bradley Street
Saco, ME. 04101
Church Office:
(207) 284-5651
Paul McDowell

Nov. 22, 2008
7:00pm GreekOrthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation
2500 Clairmont Rd., NE
Atlanta,GA 30329
Mr. StephenGeorgeson at
or Dr.Victor Polizos at
or the Cathedral Office at
(tel.) 404-633-5870

Nov. 23, 2008 4:00pm SS. Constantine & Helen GOC
614 Oakridge Ave.
Fayetteville, NC. 28305
V. Rev. Fr. Konstantinos Kostaris
(910) 484-2010

Dec. 7, 2008 After Church Services Noon St. George GOC
425 N. 58th Ave.
Hollywood, FL. 33021
Dr. Tim Tsiotsias
Church Office: (954) 966-1898

Jan. 24, 2009 TBA AHEPA of Phoenix, Arizona Mr.Alex Pallas
(480) 517-1790
Niki Pallas-Schwenke
(480) 200-3069

Jan. 25, 2009 After Church Services St. Demetrios GOC & The Hellenic Cultural Foundation
1145 East Fort Lowell Road
Tucson, AZ. 85719
George J. Stathis
(520) 297-4536
Father Earl Contos
(520) 431-4003
Church Office
(520) 888-0505
Dr. Angela Zerdavis
President of the Hellenic Cultural Foundation (520) 742-6519

Feb. 8, 2009 After Church Services Dormition of the Virgin Mary GOC
29 Central Street
Somerville, MA. 02143
Carol Salvo
Church Office: (617) 625-2222

Feb. 21 2009
11:30am St. Stefanos GOC
3600 76th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL. 33710
Luncheon for the Seminarians of the
Holy Cross of Boston
Rev. Fr. John Bociu:
(727) 773-5699
Johanna Kossifidis
Book Presentation Coordinator

Feb. 22, 2009
1:00pm St. Nicholas Cathedral
36 N. Pinellas Ave.
Tarpon Springs, FL. 34689
Luncheon for the Philoptochos
Tarpon Springs Luncheon Tea
Rev. Fr. Michael Eccarino:
(727) 937-3540
Anna Billiris
(727) 674-5787
Johanna Kossifidis
Book Presentation Coordinator

Feb. 2009
Date TBA
TBA Pan Hellenic Federation of Florida
670 Island Way
Clearwater, FL. 33767
George Markakos
Johanna Kossifidis
Book Presentation Coordinator

Mar. 6, 2009 7:00pm St. Demetrios GOC
815 N.E. 15th Ave
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
Fr. Chris Metropulos

Mar. 17, 2009 TBA
Early Evening
Holy Apostles GOC
2501 South Wolf Road
Westchester, IL. 60154
(Annual Book Event)
Barbara Pappas or
Fr. William Chiganos
(708) 562-2744 (O) or email

Jun. 26, 2009 6:00pm Author Reception-St.Photios Shrine

7:30pm Presentation-Flagler Room, Flagler College
St. Photios Greek Orthodox
National Shrine
41 St. George St.
St.Augustine, FL 32084
Ms. Polexeni Maouris Hillier
(tel.) (904) 829-8205

Aug. 24, 2009 7:00pm Panel Presentation-Book signing Metamorphosis Cultural Hall
Vatoussa, Lesvos, Greece

Aug. 27, 2009 7:00pm Panel Presentation & discussion Dimotiko Theatro Kallonis
Kalloni, Lesvos, Greece

Dec. 2, 2009 7:00pm International House at UC Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA. 94720
David Gilliam - Program Assistant
(Tel.) 510-642-9460

Dec. 3, 2009 Early Evening Ascension Cathedral
4700 Lincoln Ave.
Oakland, CA. 94610
Mary Mousalimas
Phone: 510-451-3008

Dec. 7, 2009 Afternoon-location TBA Hellenic Cultural Society of San Diego, California George Koulaxes

May 15, 2010 TBA Mytilinean Society of America
Hellenic Center
Astoria, New York
Michael Christodoulou, Pres.

June 7, 2010 TBA Estia Nea Smyrnis--Onassis Foundation, Athens, Greece Mrs. Kalogeitiona
(+30) 210-9333702

June 8, 2010 TBA Kastaniotis Editions, S.A.
Kastaniotis Lecture Hall
Athens, Greece
Ms. Athina
(+30) 210-3301208

Sep. 30, 2010 TBA American Hellenic Institute (AHI)
1220 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Commemoration of the Catastrophe of Smyrna

TBA TBA Hellenic Society Paideia of Rhode Island
Cranston, Rhode Island
Mr. Christos Xenophontos

TBA TBA Hellenic Museum & Cultural Center
801 West Adams, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
Greg Pappas

TBA TBA Greek Orthodox Community
Albany, NY
Faith Takes

TBA TBA YMCA of Greater Syracuse, New York Hal Walsh
315-474-6851 X362

TBA TBA Holy Apostles Sts. Peter & Paul GOC
Haverhill, MA
Fr.Makarios Niakaros

(Posting date 12 May 2008; updated 4 August 2009)

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