Reading Club: Saturday Night at the Edge of the Town - Εικόνα

In May, the SNFCC Book Club, facilitated by poet and translator Krystalli Glyniadaki, returns to the SNFCC Mediterranean Garden!

On Monday, May 30, book lovers give an appointment at the Stavros Niarchos Park to discuss the book they read during the past month.

On Wednesday, May 25, the meeting will also take place online via Zoom! 

The growing circle of readers will once again have the opportunity to share experiences, feelings and ideas, as well as to make new friends and exchange viewpoints, prompted by the book of the month.

Book of the month for May: Saturday Night at the Edge of the Town, by Soti Triantafyllou

A few words about the book for May:
Saturday Night at the Edge of the Town (1996) is one of the most read novels of the 1990s. A cosmopolitan novel about the coming-of-age of a woman and of an entire city: Pre-Giuliani New York City comes to life as seen through the eyes of a Greek student experiencing the center of the world, its parties, its dangers, its love and friendship, its losses and its renaissance―all that a young, romantic person hungers for in a small or bigger town. She lives on a cusp that is familiar to all students abroad: On the one hand is her thirst to flee Greece, a home country that hurts her, but also keeps her firmly rooted close; a sense of familiar nostalgia, no matter how strongly she dreams of, and enjoys, the freedom of New York City. On the other hand is New York City, a city that also hurts its children, gives them wings and then clips them; a city that is tough, magical, stimulating, free, cruel, inhumane, and beautiful at the same time. All this is presented through a story brimming with rock music, a whirlwind narrative that will stay with you for a long time after you finish the book. A triumph of narration and a landmark novel of modern Greek literature.

Soti Triantafyllou is a highly-acclaimed writer with rich multi-disciplinary studies and a tireless and fearless journalistic production. She was born in Athens in 1957. She studied Pharmacy at the University of Athens, and then French Literature at the University of Nice (France) and the University of Athens. She pursued doctoral studies in the History of the American City in New York (NYU), and post-doctoral research in the history of mathematics, Russian history and international relations. She specialized in the history of the Cold War. A prolific and award-winning writer, she lives in Paris and writes novels, essays and poignant journalistic pieces, never hesitating to intervene in the international or Greek reality: a genuine public intellectual—in this case presenting one of the most iconic Greek novels of the late 20th century.

Monday 30/05 | 18.30-20.30

For adults | Up to 30 participants
Free participation via online pre-registration 

Wednesday 25/05 |18.30-20.30

For adults | Up to 50 participants
Free participation via online pre-registration 


Pre-registrations starts on Monday 02/05, at 12.00

Facilitator: Krystalli Glyniadaki 
Anyone reserving a seat at the Book Club is required to have read the book of the month.

The Greek edition of Saturday Night at the Edge of the Town, by Soti Triantafyllou is available from Patakis Publishing.

Available in the General and the Lending Collection of NLG 

Due to public health measures, there may be changes regarding either the staging of the event, or the maximum number of participants.

The use of face mask and social distancing measures are mandatory in indoor and outdoor areas of the SNFCC, in accordance with Hellenic National Public Health Organisation regulations. 

See also

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First-Aid Course


Sunday 09/06, 13:00

Fun Dance


Tuesday 04/06, 19:00

Mini Basket