May 13, 2015
Atlantis Books in Greece announces David Sedaris and Billy Collins will headline 2015 literary festival
by Claire Kelley
Atlantis Books, the English-language bookstore perched on the cliffs of Oia, a town on the island of Santorini in Greece, will hold its fourth literary festival in September.
Founded and run by a collective of friends and artists, the bookshop posted a tempting invitation to the festival on its website: “We invite you to join us September 11-13, 2015, in Oia, Santorini as we host a weekend of words, art, music and wine on our terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea.” Pictures and a brief description of previous festivals accompany the announcement:
In November 2011 and in June 2013 we hosted our 1st and the 2nd Caldera Arts and Literature Festivals. We’ve hosted internationally acclaimed writers such as Paul Murray, Ali Smith and Eugene Trivizas, as well as artists, musicians, and chefs who have generously shared their talents during a weekend of events that are free and open to the public. In July 2014, we hosted our 3rd festival to celebrate our 10th anniversary, kicking off the festivities with the wedding of two of our founding members.
The 2015 festival will feature two household names: David Sedaris, the bestselling author and humorist and Billy Collins, former United State Poet Laureate. Musicians who will participate in the festival include Ross Daly, an Irishman who has lived on the island of Crete for 35 years, and Julian Gargiulo, a pianist and composer.
The 2015 Altantis Books festival will be a “fund-raising push” for a project the collective hopes to accomplish in the next decade: “to purchase the most beautiful building on Santorini, a hand-carved compound of caves in the village next-door to ours, and to transform it into a Writers’ and Artists’ Residency.”
Claire Kelley is the Director of Library and Academic Marketing at Melville House.