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Book activities and celebrations September 27, 2007

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September 30 is International Translation Day. This year it will be celebrated on October 1 in Athens with “Translating Europe,” a discussion organized by the European Translation Center (EKEMEL).

Peter Bergsma, Director of Translators’ House Amsterdam, Francoise Cartano, Director of the International College of Literary Translators in Arles, France, and Francoise Wuilmart, Director of the European College of Literary Translators in Seneffe, Belgium, will address the meeting and a discussion will follow. Simultaneous translation will be provided. At the Leonidas Zervas Hall, National Research Center, 48 Vasileos Constantinou Avenue, Athens, at 7 p.m. Information > call EKEMEL at 210 3639350.

New branch > Metaichmio publishers invite you for a drink to celebrate the opening of their new branch in Thessaloniki, at 81 Olympou Street, today from 6-10 p.m. The bookstore will run a series of meetings for primary (Friday) and secondary school teachers (Saturday) to meet the authors of the new schoolbooks and supplementary titles from Metaichmio. For information call 2310 250075.

Launch > Today at 8 p.m. I. Sideris publishers and the Ianos Bookstore present Giorgos Mylonas’s book “www.ELENI-ONEIRA.GR” www.eleni-dreams.gr. Culture Ministry General Secretary Christos Zachopoulous, director Nikos Koundouros and journalist Antonis Prekas will speak, At Ianos Bookstore, 24 Stadiou Street, Athens, tel 210 3217917.

Recycling > On Saturday at 12.30 p.m., at Ianos Bookstore, Costas Magos, author of “Skoupidistan” (Trashville) and “To dasos tis xylinis xystras” (The Forest of the Wooden Sharpener), both published by Patakis, will lead children aged 5-12 and visitors into the magical world of recycling, with constructions made of discarded bottles, plastic and wood. At Ianos Bookstore, 24 Stadiou Street, Athens, tel 210 3217917.

Music and poetry > Celebrate International Tourism Day with music and poetry dedicated to C.P. Cavafy in the Roman Forum today at 9 p.m. RSVP 210 9333522, hatta@hatta.gr.


New paths open for Greece’s Metaichmio Publishing September 27, 2007

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Dimitris Mingas’s novel “Sta psemata paizame” (We Were Only Joking), published by Metaichmio, is being made into a miniseries for Spanish television.

The Catalan Cinema Institute, an independent company that has made many prize-winning films, television series and theater productions, has a tradition of adapting novels for the screen, including works by Manuel Vazquez Montalban and Eduardo Mendoza. The company likes Mingas’s book for what it saw as a direct, frank account of the rapid political changes that have taken place in Europe over the past 30 years.

Where business meets art and books September 23, 2007

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An innovative book will be launched in Cyprus this week

Talk about creativity and you are probably bound to wander into arts, crafts, architecture and fashion. Talk about business and you’ll be focusing on numbers, competitors and marketing. If you think the two have nothing in common, then you should probably pay attention and get your hands on Dimis Michaelides’ book, The Art of Innovation, billed as the world’s first management art book. It has been praised as ‘the Bible for 21st century CEOs’ and ‘a book that will inspire change in individuals, teams and organisations.’

“Despite years of academic research on the topic of corporate innovation as well as thousands of books on the subject, there are still too many misconceptions on how to promote innovation in organisations,” says Constantinos Markides of the London Business School in the book’s preface. “Prominent among these is the belief that innovation is all about coming up with new ideas. It’s not. Coming up with new ideas is obviously necessary and important but innovation is much more than that. It’s the implementation of these ideas in the market to satisfy customer needs in an economical way that ultimately creates value.”

The point is that over and above the ability to come up with new ideas, innovative organisations have something else. And it is this ‘something else’ that Michaelides has managed to identify. “Having worked for large organisations such as the World Bank, Zeneca and the Popular Bank Group, lived in Paris, London and Washington, among other places, and been a creativity leader, a consultant and a business speaker, I believe that designing work and life in organisations is an art and the synthesis of the twelve key points in the book is crucial because each one, while important in itself, is incomplete if it stands alone,” he says.

The book is about innovation and how to make it an integral part of an organisation. “In times past, creative ideas and the innovations they generated were the domain of just a small number of exceptional individuals,” says Dimis. “In the business world, it was not until the 20th century that the joys of discovery and profit led to the establishment of research and development departments, dedicated to inventing new products, and marketing departments, devoted to finding new ways of matching products and markets.”

Dimis believes that on the way, we discovered that all human beings are creative and that innovation is as much about R&D and marketing, technology and processes as it is about production and selling, service and operations, data and information, management and motivation.

What is most remarkable about The Art of Innovation as a book is its ability to combine art and business through symbols, quotes and original, high-quality artwork, presented in an eye-catching graphic layout. Colours are abundant and almost every page makes a statement of its own. “There were two reasons as to why I wanted this book to include art,” says Dimis. “First of all, aesthetically, it is pleasing unlike many business books that all focus on text. The way it is structured also means that one can begin reading from any given point without losing the main picture through a very unusual angle and with a very original frame of reference, which we know promotes creative thinking.”

Speaking in more local terms, Dimis explained that innovation is risky and this is an area into which many business in Cyprus do not dare enter. “We are in danger of remaining in a stage of knowledge and analytical thinking, which is something we are taught at university but that’s not all. Innovation can be dangerous, leading to losses, bankruptcy, breakdown and disappointment but it can also be rewarding, leading to profit, progress, joy, efficiency, motivation and wealth,” Dimis explains. “Look at Greek Cypriot Sir Stelios Hadjioannou, the EasyJet entrepreneur! I’m guessing he used innovation!”

The Art of Innovation will be launched on Friday in the presence of Dimis Michaelides, Constantinos Markides and the book’s artist Umit Inatci, whose series of 16 paintings will be exhibited for the first time. Friday September 28, 2007. At 7.30pm. Journalists’ House, 12 RIK Avenue, Nicosia. Tel 22 446090. It is available at all bookshops. Dimis’ company Performa Consulting also provides workshops for companies. info@performa.net or call 22 315930.

A short story finds new life as a film September 20, 2007

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An autobiographical short story from Nikos Papandreou’s book “Deka mythoi kai mia istoria” (Ten Myths and a Story) is now a film.

The book was first published in 1995 by Kastaniotis and is now in its 51st edition. It has been translated into English and German.

Director Olga Malea’s film “Proti fora nonos” (First Time Godfather) is based on the story “Oi Agioi Pantes” (All Saints), where the California-born eldest son of a political family goes to Crete to act as godfather to the child of a local party cadre and aspiring parliamentary deputy. He becomes a godfather for the first time to show everyone, above all his father, that he is a worthy son. His foreign appearance and shaky Greek, the local customs and the trials he undergoes to prove himself all make for a tragicomic scenes with a political dimension and existential angst.

The film, starring Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Eleni Katsani, Tex Pardue and Giorgos Kimoulis, premieres October 4.

Photographs bring back memories in Drama September 17, 2007

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The Short Film Festival in Drama and the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography present Camillo Nollas’ exhibition “Tobacco Factories”. The exhibition is on view from September 17 to September 23 at the Central Library of Drama.

Without any prior relation to the history of tobacco, Camillo Nollas began to shoot the tobacco factories in Agrinio in 2003. The creative process later led him upnorth to towns such as Drama, Kavala and Xanthi. The suite of images that resulted from a long period of work consists the content of the book “Tobacco Factories” published by Kastaniotis Editions. Under the same title, the exhibition in Drama features this work.

It’s worth mentioning that Nollas’ book is shortlisted for the award for the best photographic book of the year 2007 that is being awarded by this year’s Kythera Photographic Encounters, in Kythera island.

Central Library of Drama, 5 Aghias Varvaras Street, Drama, tel 25210 47575.

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Athens Book Festival with new format September 14, 2007

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The poster of the 36th Book Festival, is featuring a work by Nikos Engonopoulos. The Book Fair runs today to September 30.

With a new and improved display area featuring circular stalls, the 36th Book Festival will be opening today at its usual spot on the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway in central Athens, at the foothill of the Acropolis. The event is organized by the League of Athens Book Publishers and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and the City of Athens.

This is the second fair held this year by the organizers, and is dedicated to Maria Callas, Nikos Engonopoulos, Nikos Kazantzakis and Dionysios Solomos. The area dedicated to these artists, however, has been limited to just one stall, where visitors can find posters and other material from the archives of the ERT state broadcasting company. Throughout the duration of the 36th Book Festival, the organizers have also prepared specific displays on Alzheimer’s disease, the urban environment and transport, as well as children’s literature, while they have also set up a special stall, in collaboration with the Greek Mensa society, where visitors can take an IQ test.

There will, however, be very few events held on the sidelines of this year’s Book Festival, such as round-table discussions on literature and writers, with activities limited just to the stall areas.

Nevertheless, from today through September 30, visitors to Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian, from the entrance to the Herod Atticus Theater all the way to Thiseion, will find the most recent book releases at around 240 stalls, inviting the public for a stroll that may prove to be as beneficial as it is delightful.

Book it September 14, 2007

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The book publishing industry in Greece is characterized by a large number of publishers and a large number of imports, according to an ICAP survey.

The survey noted that the small size of most enterprises in the business offered flexibility and specialization but also created problems such as reduced liquidity.

The Greek book publishing market is wide open, with larger enterprises in the sector enjoying only limited market share. A total of 730 publishers were active in the Greek market in 2006, up from 374 in 1996. ICAP stressed, however, that larger enterprises were increasingly strengthening their position in the market at the expense of small and medium-size publishers.

Book prices grew by 4.5 percent in the 1995 – 2006 period and the number of new book titles rose by 9.0 percent in 2006 compared with 2005. ICAP said the market’s value grew by 8.8 percent in 2005 and by 8.9 percent in 2006.