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Tonight, a conversation with Jeff Siger, author of Santorini Caesars, the 8th book in the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery Series. Sept. 29, 2016

July 20, 2017

Hello again. Sorry to report that this is another repeat…but it is. Jeff and I always have pretty lively conversations, so please enjoy.


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Yesterday I sat looking at a blank screen wondering what in the hell I could possibly write that would be new for this blog posting. After all this will be the sixth time I’ve had a conversation with Jeff on my radio show, Graffiti. Besides that we’ve maintained an intermittent e-mail “conversation” for a few years now.

Of course I could write about his newest book, Santorini Caesars, the eighth in the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery Series. Yeah, but I much rather we talked about it on the show.

So there I sat—stumped—as to where to start. Then came the e-mail from Jeff with the information about his Santorini Caesars AUTHOR TOUR.

3 Mykonos Magazine 2008LET ME START WITH WHERE HE’LL BE ON OCTOBER 20th at 6:30 pm.

On October 20th at 6:30 PM Jeff is hosting a Greek-style celebration at MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP, 58 Warren Street, New York, NY, for his eighth…

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Graffiti for July 1, 2010….My Interview with Zachary Mason, Author of “The Lost Books of The Odyssey”

July 6, 2017

Hello again. Sorry to report that this is another repeat…but it is. Zachary Mason is a very interesting fellow, so please enjoy.


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Tonight on Graffiti I’ll be speaking to Zachary Mason the author of the novel The Lost Books of the Odyssey.

Instead of giving you a lot of material written by me, I’m going to give you the interview with an excerpt from the book, links to a few reviews and a link to the publisher’s page about the book. The publisher’s page has a wealth of material located there including offering an opportunity to listen to the first chapter of the book. Enjoy!

To listen to the interview click here. There is also an excerpt from the book at this site.

To read the NY Times Sunday Review click here.

To read the review in the NY Times by Michiko Kakutani click here.

For the link to the Publishers website click here.

Here’s a review from The Times. The Sunday Times of London. How’s this for a subtitle? A new…

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A Conversation with Jorge Guillermo, author of “Sibyls”, June 26, 2014

June 22, 2017

Hello again. Sorry to report that this is another repeat…but it is. An interesting topic though, so please enjoy.


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This should be a very interesting conversation about the women who have been gifted (or cursed) with the ability to see into the future.


CLICK HERE for the link to the publisher’s website concerning this book.

CLICK HERE for a video review of this book.

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A Conversation with Margalit Fox, author of “The Riddle of the Labyrinth”, August 15, 2013

June 8, 2017

Sorry to say that this is another repeat…but it is. Margalit is featured in the great new documentary film: Obit. It’s about the obituary department at the NY Times and it is wonderfully entertaining. Who’da thunk. Enjoy.

PS: sorry but some of the links below no longer exist or are terribly outdated. Just goes to show how quickly the cultural landscape can change these days.

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On March 30, 1900, during the excavation of the Palace of Knossos on the island of Crete, site of the legendary labyrinth from which Daedalus and Icarus took flight, workmen unearthed a clay tablet inscribed with an unknown script. Some of the characters of the script looked like the letters of an alien alphabet, others like alien hieroglyphics. In the following weeks and months workmen unearthed more tablets, several hundred of which had fallen from a floor above into a terra cotta bathtub.

linearbThe tablets contained messages sent from the dawn of history, from before the time of Homer, but they were messages that could not be received. No one knew what language people spoke 30 centuries ago on Crete, and there was no Rosetta stone among the discoveries at Knossos. (There were, however, other enchanting wonders — elaborate lavatories, murals of griffins and dolphins.) For 50 years, the inscriptions…

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Tonight, a conversation with NIKI KAPSAMBELIS author of The Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease. May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017


In her debut, journalist Kapsambelis builds a compelling narrative about Alzheimer’s disease around one North Dakota extended family…. In addition to clear discussions of the disease’s history and research, Kapsambelis successfully portrays Gail, Galen, and their extended family as fully fleshed individuals. An educational and emotional chronicle that should resonate with a wide variety of readers.

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

An inspiring race against time: The courageous, hopeful story of the one family who may hold the key to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Every sixty-nine seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Of the top ten killers, it is the only disease for which there is no cure or treatment. For most people, there is nothing that they can do to fight back. But one family is doing all they can.

The DeMoe family has the most devastating form of the disease that there is: early onset Alzheimer’s, an inherited genetic mutation that causes the disease in 100 percent of cases, and has a 50 percent chance of being passed onto the next generation. Of the six DeMoe children whose father had it, five have inherited the gene; the sixth, Karla, has inherited responsibility for all of them. But rather than give up in the face of such news, the DeMoes have agreed to spend their precious, abbreviated years as part of a worldwide study that could utterly change the landscape of Alzheimer’s research and offers the brightest hope for future treatments—and possibly a cure.

Drawing from several years of in-depth research with this charming and upbeat family, journalist Niki Kapsambelis tells the story of Alzheimer’s through the humanizing lens of these ordinary people made extraordinary by both their terrible circumstances and their bravery. Their tale is intertwined with the dramatic narrative history of the disease, the cutting-edge research that brings us ever closer to a possible cure, and the accounts of the extraordinary doctors spearheading these groundbreaking studies. From the oil fields of North Dakota to the jungles of Colombia, this incredible narrative redefines courage in the face of one of the most pervasive and mysterious pandemics of our time.

From publisher’s page


Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Niki Kapsambelis on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website. Or use the TuneIn app on your smart device.


CLICK HERE for the link to Niki’s website.

CLICK HERE for the link to the Publisher’s website.

CLICK HERE for Niki’s Facebook page.

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.

Robert Kennedy, June 6, 1966

A Conversation with Natalie Haynes, author of “The Furies”, Sept. 25, 2014

May 11, 2017

Hi. Tonight’s show is a repeat but my next one, May 25, will be brand-spanking new…so stay tuned.

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Tonight I’ll be talking to Natalie Haynes, one of the most productive human beings on the planet, about her new19286509 book, The Furies, recently published here in the States by St. Martin’s Press.

supportusI’m not kidding when I say she’s one of the most productive people on earth. In the UK she produces radio documentaries and appears on a number of programs including: Women’s Hour; A Good Read; What’s the Point of… (I like that title); Quote, Unquote; Wordaholics and the 7th Dimension.

Natalie’s also written the award winning children’s book, {F3348B22-0C04-49F5-ACFE-D03838058033}Img400The Great Escape. She’s a journalist, does TV and stand-up comedy.

She’s also a classicist. Three years ago she appeared on GraffitiTAGTML_cover2 to talk about her THEN new book, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life.

Natalie is also a judge for the prestigious Man Booker Prize and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly known…

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Tonight, a conversation with the Professor Karen Van Dyck, editor of Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry. March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017


Whenever I have the good fortune to speak to one of the world’s foremost translators I always think of the story told to me many years ago by a poet who was having her English language poetry translated into Greek. She told me how she’d called up the man who was translating a number of her poems and when he got on the phone he seemed to be both elated and deflated at the same time. When she asked him what the problem was he took in a deep breath then sighed and said that he’d written the most beautiful poem that day.

“So why are you so sad?” she asked.

“Because it isn’t mine…it’s yours.” he replied.

Translators have a most unique, and more often then not, thankless job. They must take a work of art and transform it into a “work of art”. All the while they have to walk the fine line between creating something new and making sure the intent, the passion and the art of the original creator somehow remains intact. They must be masters of an art and a craft.

s200_karen.van_dyckTonight I’ll be speaking to Professor Karen Van Dyck one of the great translators working in the field today. We’ll touch on the art/craft of translating (How can I not talk about it when I have someone of her magnitude on?) but our main focus will be the recently published volume she edited entitled: Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry.

Years ago when The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present was published I spoke to Peter Constantine about the book that he and a few others including Professor Van Dyck edited, and somehow we got onto the topic of what he found exciting in literature at that time and he article-2160433-13A1A0B7000005DC-119_638x316said, without hesitation, the poetry coming out of Greece by new, young writers.

Now we have a volume of that work available to us.

Professor Van Dyck and a number of the poets will be at the McNally Jackson BookstoreAusteritySlider next Tuesday, March 21 at 7pm to discuss the book and their work. Please Click here for more information about the event.

But, of course this is still our spring fundraiser. Please tune in and listen to what will no doubt be a fascinating discussion about the voices heralding the new poetry coming out of Greece but also take the time, when we break to remind you, to call in and pledge whatever amount you can. These are hard times. Austerity measures must be taken but if you can afford five or ten dollars please take the time to call and help us out. Our number is 718 204 8900. Or click here to go to a “Donate” page on our website.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Professor Van Dyck on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website. Or use the TuneIn app on your smart device.

0f5f77a9250a1f4e4253a9df7aee3615c625d6b6Also tomorrow night, March 17, is St. Paddy’s day AND it’s also the Open Mic at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY.

We start around 7:30 so please be on time so f071dd6d5d2a630b1ad944fd43c169e581ea1222you can sign up to read.

All genres are welcome: fiction, non-fiction, poetry…music, comedy, storytelling.

There is a 5 minute limit for your reading.

Suggested donation $5.

Hudson Valley Writers Center
(914) 332-5953