New Book: Greek Epic: The Latchis Family and the New England Theater Empire They Built

14 Oct
4:05

There will be a reading and book signing by author Gordon Hayward during the Brattleboro Literary Festival on Saturday, October 15, at 10 a.m., at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro.

Greek Epic

“Greek Epic: The Latchis Family and the New England Theater Empire They Built”

New book from nationally recognized author Gordon Hayward tells the compelling true story of one immigrant family’s journey from a mountain village in Greece to the center of a small town in Vermont, the successes and sorrows along the way, and the impressive historic building that is their legacy and the cultural hub of Southeastern Vermont today.
Latchis Arts announces the publication of “Greek Epic: The Latchis Family and the New England Theater Empire They Built,” a fascinating and lively book that combines local history and personal stories with sweeping themes in the news today – immigration, the American Dream, and the importance of family, community and culture. Author Gordon Hayward, a nationally known garden designer, writer and lecturer, and current president of Latchis Arts, the non-profit organization which oversees the Latchis Memorial Building, spent more than a year conducting scores of interviews with local historians, Latchis staff and board members past and present, many Latchis family members. The result is an engaging and eye-catching 220-page book with 85 color and black-and-white photographs that brings to light the extraordinary Latchis family. It shows their journey from Greece to Brattleboro, the challenges and successes of their assimilation into their new community and American culture, the resilience they showed through changing times, cycles of fortune and loss, and hurricanes and fires, to build a 14-theater empire in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
All of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go toward the work of the non-profit Latchis Arts organization,” writes Hayward in the Introduction to “Greek Epic.” Latchis Arts will be celebrating the release of “Greek Epic: The Latchis Family and the New England Theater Empire They Built” with a special event, reading and book signing by Hayward during the Brattleboro Literary Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m., at the Latchis Theatre. Hayward will be on hand to chat with readers and sign books, and tours of the Latchis Memorial Building, with insights into its many features, will be offered, as will Breakfast for Brattleboro from 9 to 10 a.m. that will include Greek yogurt, coffee and baklava.
Readers throughout Vermont and New Hampshire will learn about the importance of historic buildings and cultural centers like the Latchis in maintaining the health of their downtowns and their communities. “Greek Epic” also sheds light on the history of southeastern Vermont in the 20th century, as we learn about the Latchis family as they battled shifting cultural and economic forces through the Roaring Twenties, the Depression, World War II and the rapid changes brought in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s “Greek Epic” lives up to its title in sweep and scope. The story of the Latchis family is a quintessential American immigration story. In the context of our current climate where the role of immigration is debated vigorously on both sides of the aisle, “Greek Epic” puts immigration in a personal light, reminding readers of the multi-faceted contributions made by people who moved here and overcame adversity and cultural obstacles but not walls.
“Greek Epic” is also a story of “the American Dream” – what it was for one man and his family, how it came to fruition, how it withstood threats, challenges and tragedies, how it ultimately had to change and how new people with new dreams, but a common core of personal and community values took over. Shifting its focus to home and hearth, “Greek Epic” is also about family – about fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, grandchildren – and how they all came together in a New World to build something that still stands with their name on it. “Greek Epic” was designed and edited by Wind Ridge Books, with additional editorial assistance from John Barstow, Irene Canaris, Castle Freeman and John Carnahan.
For more information and additional copies of the book, visit www.latchisarts.org.

September 1, 2016 RELEASE Jon Potter, jon@latchisarts.org,
802-254-1109, ext. 3

Edited for length.

 

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