Novelist Natalie Bakopoulos will be the featured author at Writers in the Library on Monday, October 15, at 7 p.m. in UT’s Hodges Library Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.
The Green Shore, published in 2012 by Simon & Schuster, is Bakopoulos’ first published novel. The narrative paints a finely etched portrait of one family set against the backdrop of the late 1960s Greek military dictatorship. The Green Shore has received glowing reviews: “Bakopoulos’s juxtaposition of a historic conflict with the joys and trials of motherhood, the heedlessness of youth, and the durability of family ties is poignant and effective,” says Publishers Weekly; “an astute accounting of the way political climates shift inner lives,” according to Time Out Chicago.
Bakopoulos holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan, where she now teaches. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Ninth Letter, and Granta Online and has received an O. Henry Award, a Hopwood Award, and a Platsis Prize for Work in the Greek Legacy. She is a contributing editor for the online journal Fiction Writers Review. Each summer she teaches creative writing at the Aegean Arts Circle in Andros, Greece.
Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. Natalie Bakopoulos’ reading received additional support from UT’s Ready For The World Initiative.