Greek Folk Stories Old & New: Book Reading and Signing
by Author Mary Ziavras

Author Mary Ziavras reads selections from her delightful and heartwarming Greek Folk Stories Old & New continuing a rich Greek tradition of oral storytelling. A collection for young and old, some of Mary’s stories are part of the centuries old oral tradition of Greece and the Middle East. A retired educator, Mary’s art of storytelling weaves humor and pathos as her characters come to life offering modern day relevance. Daughter of Greeks born in the Turkish Ottoman Empire, Mary Ziavras has unique insight into the quaint customs and beliefs of a society that was annihilated after the Greek/Armenian Holocaust 1915-1922. Evolved from firsthand accounts, she allows the reader a glimpse of this vibrant society through windows to the past. Visit:

The reading includes a musical offering and guest appearance by her daughter, Julie Ziavras, renowned interpreter of Greek folk songs. It is followed by a book signing and reception which includes Greek traditional pastries.

Read what experts and critics are saying about Greek Folk Stories Old & New:

  • "Mary Ziavras' tales are, like all good folk stories, woven with wonder, whimsy and magic, and the wealth of her Greek heritage... rich as baklava!"--Amy Friedman, author of syndicated column Timeless Folktakes from Around the World
  • "Mary Ziavras's collection puts us back in touch with folktales in all their playful, mischievous, and occasionally tragic suggestiveness. With artfully contrived artlessness, she reanimates the tales for modern audiences, connecting readers, viscerally, to 'once upon a time'."--Maria Tatar, Professor Chair: Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology, Harvard University
  • "Ziavras will delight you, reaffirming the truths folktales have imparted since Aesop's Fables."--Chris Farlekas, Times Herald Record

Readings-Signings Locations and Dates:

Monday, March 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Josephine-Louise Library
Community Room, Second Floor
5 Scofield Street, Walden, NY 12586
PHONE: (845) 778-7621

Category: Teen / Adult

Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Newburgh Free Library
124 Grand Street Newburgh, NY 12550
Phone: Main: 845-563-3600
Branch: 845-566-0460


(Posting date 20 February 2013)

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