On June 7th, Crete-born writer Tess Fragoulis will be reading from and discussing her latest novel, The Goodtime Girl at the Argo.
It’s the story of a young girl named Kivelli Fotiathi who finds herself stranded in Piraeus after the Great Fire of 1922 destroys her home in Smyrna. Having lost everything, Kivelli lives in a brothel’s broom closet until her singing talent leads her out of abject poverty and into the precarious realm of fame in Piraeus.
Tess Fragoulis is the author of two works of fiction, the short story collection Stories to Hide From Your Mother (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1997, QWF First Book Prize finalist in 1998) and Ariadne’s Dream (Thistledown Press, 2001). Fragoulis also co-edited the anthology Musings: An Anthology of Greek-Canadian Literature (Vehicule Press, 2004). She now lives in Montreal, where she teaches part-time at Concordia University.