Sunday 31 October 2021
In October, our Teen Reading Club comes together once again for an exciting meeting hosted by the author Stella Kasdagli.
The book we’ll be reading this month is Momo by Michael Ende.
For this session, 27 members between 12 and 16 years old make a date for the last Sunday in October, at 13:00, to discover alternative worlds waiting to be created by the readers themselves – that’s us!
Don’t worry if you don’t have time to get through the whole book, or if you didn’t make it to our previous meeting: in any case, Stella will give the signal each month, announcing the book we’ll all be reading over the next few weeks. At the end of the month, the gang that has read the book (or half of it, at least!) will get together to share thoughts, impressions, feelings and concerns inspired by what we read – whether we liked it a lot, or not so much!
A bit more on October’s bookWhat is "Momo"? Is it a fairy tale? Is it a novel? A thrilling parable on the restless age we live in: that's what the story of Momo is... A book on the enigma of time, which excites children and grown-ups alike, but also a book with a philosophical foundation and a plot that resembles a crime novel, or even a proper Hollywood action movie! One thing's for sure: you can read it in one sitting, because it's classic, it's timeless and, for as long as people have only one life to live, it will be essential! Essential, because it reminds us to fill that life with the meaningful and the good, with love, companionship, friendship and lots of daydreaming.
Momo lives in the suburbs of a large city, in the ruins of an amphitheater. She owns nothing, except what she finds or receives as a gift, but she has a wonderful power: she knows how to listen. One day, the grey men that chase people's time suddenly appear - and Momo seems to be the only one who can stop them. The weapons this young girl has in her arsenal to fight the huge army of grey men are a flower and a turtle.
A bit more on Stella
Stella Kasdagli is an author, translator, co-founder of the non-profit organization Women On Top, and educator to teenagers and adults. She completed her degree (only God knows how) in French Philology in Athens, and went on to study Media Theory in London. She worked as an editor on Cosmopolitan magazine for a number of years, while also writing for other Greek and English-language publications and sites. She now designs and implements actions to empower women, writes on topics she’d like to see discussed more widely, translates foreign literature, and runs workshops for teenagers on body image, the internet and social change. She is also (phew!) co-founder of the Mentorkids network and the Bookworm online book club. She has written the books Koilitsa.com [Belly.com], Ithela mono na horeso [I only wanted to fit], 30 gynaikes pou allaksan ton kosmo (kai pos boreis na ton allakseis ki esi) [30 women who changed the world (and how you can change it, too)], and the Princess Athena series. She has two daughters, and they grow up together in Athens.
Sunday 31/10 | 13.00-14.30
For boys and girls aged 12-16 years old
Up to 27 participantsFree participation by online pre-registration
Preregistration starts on Monday 04/10 at 12.00.
To take part in the Reading Club, those who register must have read the book of the month (or half of it, at least).
Momo by Michael Ende is available in Greek translation from Psychogios Publications.
As part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center's collaboration with the National Library of Greece, the teen book for October's Reading Club has been chosen by NLG staff members.
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 Organization regulations.
Due to public health measures, there may be changes regarding either the staging of the event, or the maximum number of participants.
Children should always be accompanied by parents or adult chaperones, who should stay outside the activity area for as long as the activity lasts.