I was at the ceremony nearly two years ago at the beautiful National Hellenic Museum when the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame awarded Harry Mark Petrakis the Fuller Award for making an outstanding lifetime contribution to literature. As Donald Evans, the Hall of Fame’s founder and executive director stated “Harry is surely one of the best Greek-American writers of his generation. He is one of Chicago’s all-time best writers. And, simply, he is near the top of our greatest literary writers period.”
Perhaps the most famous book of Petrakis, now 93, is A Dream of Kings, his fifth book that was on the New York Times bestseller list for three months and later on was made into a movie. This riveting novel is the Cliff Dwellers book club selection for our discussion this coming Saturday, September 24. We meet at 11:00 at the club, at 200 S. Michigan, and the discussion is free and open to the public.