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Book Title: The Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir|
The author of the book: Tom Stone
Edition: Simon & Schuster
Date of issue: June 6th 2003
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ISBN 13: 9780743247719
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The story of a man in love with a place, a woman, and a dream.
Tom Stone went to Greece one summer to write a novel -- and stayed twenty-two years. On Patmos, he fell in love with Danielle, a beautiful French painter. His novel completed and sold, he decided to stay a little longer.
Seven idyllic years later, they left Patmos for Crete. When a Patmian friend Theológos called and offered him a summer partnership in his beach tavérna, The Beautiful Helen, Stone jumped at the chance -- much to the dismay of his wife, who cautioned him not to forget the old adage about Greeks bearing gifts.
Her warning was well-founded: when back on Patmos, Stone quickly discovered that he was no longer a friend or patron but a competitor. He learned hard lessons about the Greeks' skill at bargaining and business while reluctantly coming to the realization that Theológos's offer of a partnership was indeed a Trojan horse.
Featuring Stone's recipes, including his own Chicken Retsina and the ultimate moussaka, The Summer of My Greek Tavérna is as much a love story as it is the grand, humorous, and sometimes bittersweet adventures of an American pursuing his dreams in a foreign land, a modern-day innocent abroad.
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TOM STONE has pursued a multi-faceted career as a novelist, travel writer, historian, and stage- and screenplay writer. Simultaneously, he has had a very successful career in the professional theater as a director, lighting designer, and stage manager.
While at Yale, where he gained a BA in English Literature and an addiction to the theater, he spent his summers toiling backstage at the prestigious Green Mansions Summer Theater near Lake George, New York. Contacts he made there garnered him a job as an Off-Broadway stage manager, and the following year he became an assistant stage manager for Jerome Robbins’ Ballets: U.S.A.
After a decade of working as a stage manager and assistant director for Robbins and Harold Prince on the original productions of “She Loves Me,” “Funny Girl,” “Fiddler On The Roof,” and “Cabaret” as well as the now-legendary efforts of Robbins’ American Theatre Laboratory (for which he wrote the play “Work in Progress,” he took a sabbatical from Broadway with the intention of spending a single summer in the Greek islands writing a first novel. As the Greek Fates would have it, he stayed twenty-two years. In the process, he married the French painter he met on Patmos, became a father of two, as well as a teacher of English and Theater at Anatolia College in Northern Greece, and a lighting designer and director for the Greek National Theater.
While in Greece, he finished and published his first novel, “Armstrong,” in addition to numerous books and articles about living abroad. These include “The Essential Greek Handbook,” “Greece: An Illustrated History,” “ Patmos: A History and Guide,” and “The Greek Food & Drink Book.”
In 1992, with his children in U.S. universities and his marriage moribund, he returned to Broadway via London and Vienna while working as resident director with Harold Prince’s new, Broadway-bound musical, “The Kiss of the Spider Woman.” But breaking completely back into the theater after so many years proved impossible. So, when one of his short stories was optioned for a TV movie, Tom headed west and soon found work writing film scripts for hire. As of this writing, ten of them are the market but none have as yet been produced.
Meanwhile, he devoted the greater part of his writing time to writing books. His memoir of living on Patmos, “The Summer of My Greek Tavérna,” was published by Simon & Schuster in 2002 and was selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club and Quality Paperback Club in 2003. It has been translated into eleven languages, including Dutch, German, Danish, Hebrew, and Mandarin (Taiwan). After having been under option by Fox Searchlight Pictures in 2012, it is now in development with Grove Entertainment.
In February, 2008, Tom published “Zeus: A Journey Across Greece in the Footsteps of a God.” It became a Main Selection of the History Book Club and the QPBC, and this led to his on-going appearances in three segments of the History Channel’s series on mythology, “The Clash of the Gods.”
(Now no longer in print, “Zeus” has recently been resurrected as an e- and print-on-demand book titled “Chasing Zeus” and is available on Kindle and B&N as well as various other sites. Meanwhile, Tom has fashioned a stand-alone companion volume out of the large amount of material the publishers asked him to remove from the original edition because it far exceeded the contractual limit. This includes some 58,000 words of text (the length of a 200-page book) and 141 images and maps. It is available on Kindle for $1.99, the lowest price Tom could manage because of the large amount of images. Its title is: “Zeus: An Addendum.” )
In 2012, Tom fashioned what he thinks of as “an annotated novel.” Based on the legend of the Cretan Minotaur, its purpose is to both entertain readers and provide them with endnotes, images, and maps explicating the sources of the legend. Tom has recently republished the novel in two separate Kindle e-book editions. The one co
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