Chicago Celebrates Harry Mark Petrakis

I was in Chicago’s Greek Town today talking to folks and passing out promotional materials about the upcoming tribute for author Harry Mark Petrakis. Harry, now 91 years of age, will be receiving the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s 2014 Fuller Award for lifetime achievement. As I went into Greek restaurants, groceries, bakeries and candle shops I saw the faces of the people that Harry writes about in his stories, the hard-working, family-focused dreamers and chasers of the elusive American dream.
Harry has received much praise and adoration over the years in Chicago’s Greek-American community. Now the greater Chicago literary community joins them in raising our glasses of retsina to him on Saturday evening, October 4, 2014, from 7:00-9:00 pm at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted in the heart of Greek Town.
I have never met Harry, but I have read many of his books that exude so much humanity and soul. I can’t wait to meet him that night. I hope that you will join me there. For more information on the event check out the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame website at

HMP Event

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