April 23, 2016 at Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli in San Francisco.
Book Reading with local writer, Apollo Papafrangou
Please join us for a Happy Hour Book Reading with local, Greek author, Apollo Papafrangou. Apollo will read from his new novel, Wings of Wax, a coming-of-age story of a Greek-American set in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attributes his passion for storytelling to being raised in a Greek-American household where the epics of his ancestors were combined with contemporary family lore. Come support a local author while learning more about Greece and our local Greek-American culture!
About the Wings of Wax: You Can’t Fly Unless You Spread Your Wings
Aspiring illustrator Angelo Koutouvalis is known for his near-flawless sketches, yet he can’t seem to render the picture-perfect life he desires. At twenty-four, he lives at home with his loving, yet overbearing mother and grandmother, and struggles to meet women, all while relying on the often humorously ineffectual advice of his few friends, and attempting to find a place for himself within the San Francisco Bay Area Greek community. Angelo believes the secret to gaining fulfillment lies in traveling to Greece for a reunion with his estranged father, who can hopefully pass on the mysterious ways of the Greek kamaki—the classic Mediterranean ladies’ man. But first, Angelo must find a way to overcome his crippling fear of flying. A course of mis-adventures—chaotic employment in an exotic bird shop, a disaster of a date with a co-worker, and a close encounter with a stripper–lead Angelo to Greece….
More About Apollo Papafrangou
Apollo is a local writer of novels, short stories, and poems. He is a graduate of the Mills College Creative Writing MFA program, and is the author of Concrete Candy, a short story collection published by Anchor Books, with French and Danish editions, when he was just 15 years old. He has since written for HBO Films, which optioned the movie rights to his novel The Fence, and his fiction has appeared in the Simon & Schuster anthology, “Trapped,” and “Voices,” a collection of works by Greek writers published by Nine Muses Press, among other publications. If he wasn’t an author, Apollo would be a singer-songwriter under the moniker Greek Lightning, wooing audiences with stormy R&B ballads. Apollo lives in Oakland, CA.
For more info, please visit his website at www.apollopapafrangou.com.
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