combining life-long love of Greece, quest to learn the language, and the mythology

Author talk ‘Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen’ by Mary Norris

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BELFAST — Mary Norris, New York Times author and New Yorker copyeditor, celebrates the release of her new memoir, Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen by giving a talk and book signing, Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m., at Left Bank Books. 

Norris’s wit, knowledge, and exploration of language permeate Greek to Me, in which she relates her life-long love of Greece, her quest to learn the language and master the mythology, and her travels through the Greek Isles in search of herself.

“Greek to Me is a brilliant, witty, and moving paean to the art of self-expression, filtered through Norris’s greatest passion: all things Greek,” said Left Bank Books, in a news release. “It is a charming account of her lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. She explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English.”

Norris last visited Left Bank Books in 2016 and drew a standing-room-only packed house that spilled out onto the street, so early reservations for seats, which are limited, are strongly encouraged, according to Left Bank Books. Email ( or call (207-338-9009).

Copies of both of Norris’ books will be available for purchase.

Left Bank Books is located at 109 Church St. in downtown Belfast, in the historic Opera House building. Ample parking is available on the street and in an adjacent public parking lot.

Event Date: 

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 7:00pm

Event Location: 

Left Bank Books


109 Church Street
Belfast  Maine
United States