Dandelions for Dinner
by Sam P. Stamatis and Peter S. Stamatis Greece at War and a Family's Dreams of America

Upcoming Events...


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***July, 1, 2015 ***

The Brookline Book Club Meetup Group

Book: Dandelions for Dinner

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015

7:00 PM

253 Harvard St, Brookline, MA (map)

  • Look for the Meetup sign
  • After a long hiatus from reading, we're kicking off our new season with a memoir that is highly-relevant to the current crisis in Greece, Dandelions for Dinner.  

Told through the eyes of a child, Sam Stamatis recounts his experiences of life in Greece between 1933 and 1946.   With the help of his son, Peter, we will learn about one family’s survival of famine, World War II, occupation and a subsequent bloody civil war.  This is a story experienced by many in Greece and elsewhere ... a story of hope, a strong mother, and survival.

Meet the Author via Skype…We will have the pleasure of speaking with the author, Peter Stamatis.  He will join us via Skype for part of the meeting.  So, get your questions ready!

 open book

Past Events...

We would like to offer a BIG heartfelt THANK YOU to all who have invited us to speak at their events.  The book signings and book readings are important to us and the opportunity to share our story and our book is greatly appreciated.  We will forever remember your hospitality and interest in Dandelions for Dinner.



 Sharp Writ Book Awards

Dandelions for Dinner is the 2014 Winner in the Memoir Category



***November, 2014***

Interview with Yvonne Wolf of "Off the Shelf" and GVTV (Glenview TV)

Watch interview here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y_-q1Zrlsw#t=873

***July, 2014***

Private Dinner & Book Discussion


***July, 2014***

St. Katherine’s Book Club

St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church

 Naples, Florida


***January, 2014***

Epiphany Celebration

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Tarpon Springs, Florida


***December 7, 2014***

Evanston Public Library

Local Author Book Signing and Reading

Evanston, Illinois



***December, 2014***


“Glenview father and son write a compelling family history from the early days of Greece”


***December, 1, 2014***

Oak Park Public Library

Meet Local Authors
2:00 p.m. in the Main Library
Oak Park, Illinois



***November, 30, 2013***

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 W. Madison St. 

See details in the Chicago Reader.



***November, 2013***

Dandelions For Dinner has been listed on USA Book News...



***October, 2014***

Dandelions For Dinner has been listed on Venture Galleries Blog for Readers and Writers...



***September 2, 2014***

North Shore Greek Fest

Hellenic American Academy

Deerfield, Illinois


***August 22, 2013***

City Lit Books

Logan Square, Chicago, Illinois




***July 19, 2013***

The Book Cellar

The Independent Bookstore in Lincoln Square

 Chicago, Illinois



***July 1, 2013***

 On the air with Tina Thompson of Point to Point WLOH

 1320 AM or 99.3 FM Ohio



***May 14, 2013***

Radio interview with Doug Wilson, Host of WANB

Morning Radio in Pennsylvania.



***April 30, 2013***

Radio interview with Clayton Mick of the Morning Show on KORN Radio 1490

"Let's Talk" out of South Dakota



***April 23, 2013***

Radio interview on Conversations LIVE with Host Cyrus Web

Listen here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/middayconversations/2013/04/23/sam-stamatis-peter-stamatis-on-conversations-live


***April 17, 2013***

Interview with Fr. Chris Metropulos of Come Receive the Light

Orthodox Christian Network

Listen to the broadcast here...


***March 28, 2013***

Radio interview with Talkline WLDY AM 1340 with Host Bob Krejcarek



***March 22, 2013***

Radio interview with WAMV 1420AM Virginia Radio Host Bob Langstaff on his popular morning show, "Breakfast with Bob."



***March 14, 2013***


Book Discussion and Signing
Ascension of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Church
Lincolnshire, IL 60069


***March 14, 2013***

Radio interview with Tron in the Morning Show

KVMN Radio-- 1530 AM

Colorado Springs, Colorado

***February 27, 2013***

Radio interview with Crosstalk Radio

 104.7 KING FM

Sterling, Colorado.


***February 23, 2013***

Interview  on ComCast "Talking Sports" show

with Host Terry Poulos.

Chicago, Illinois


***February, 2013***

Matt Barrett's Travel Guides

Literature-Greek Writers...



***January 13, 2013***

Radio Interview
Chicago Attorney and author Peter Stamatis will be interviewed on

Chicago's AM 820 at noon 
"Un-Common Law" with Host Kurt Muller

Chicago, Illinois


***January 10, 2013***

Dandelions For Dinner has been added to Book Club Reading List



***January 10, 2013***

Book Discussion and Signing

St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church

Naples, Florida


***January 9, 2013***

Book Discussion and Signing

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


*** November 15, 2012***

Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church

401 Wagner Road  

Glenview, IL 60025

Book Discussion and signing with the Dynamis Group


***Sunday November 4, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.***

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Madison, Wisconsin

Lecture and Book Signing 


***June 17, 2012***

Book Signing


St. George Greek Orthodox Church

2701 N. Sheffield Ave

Chicago, IL 60614


 ***Tuesday, July 10, 2012***

 7:00 pm-9:00 pm 

 Glenview Public Library

 1930 Glenview Rd.

 Glenview, IL 60025

 -Come and meet the authors at the Glenview Public Library!  The authors will discuss their book, Dandelions for Dinner and the current crisis in Greece.  Book discussion and Q&A.  Book signing to follow.  Join us!  More info here

***November 15, 2012***

1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, Glenview, IL

Book discussion, reading and Q & A.  Book Signing to follow. All are welcome.  Coffee and sweets will be served.


*** Thursday, May 10, 2012***


Podcast of our interview of

 Austin Hellenic Radio 

Hosted by Michael Nevradakis

-Authors Peter and Sam Stamatis interviewed about the book and its beginnings.  http://www.austinhellenicradio.org/


 ***Friday, June 1, 2012***

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

 John and Jane Powers Home

Milwaukee, WI

 Private Book Event


***Friday, May 11, 2012***

 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

 St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

 10301 South Kolmar Ave

 Oak Lawn, IL 60453

 -St. Nicholas Philoptochos Society is hosting Sam and Peter Stamatis to discuss Dandelions for Dinner.  



***Thursday, May 17, 2012***

 7:00 pm-9:00 pm 

 Northbrook Public Library


 1201 Cedar Lane

 Northbrook, IL 60062

 -Come and meet the authors at the Northbrook Public Library!  The authors will discuss their book, Dandelions for Dinner.  Discussion and Q&A.  Book signing to follow.  Join us!  For more info, click here.  


***Sunday, May 6, 2012***

1:15 pm-1:00 pm

Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church 

 Kimissis Tis Theotokou

1335 South Green Bay Road

Racine, WI 53406

-Coffee and sweets.  Book discussion and Q & A.  Book signing will follow.  All are welcome!

See flyer here...Kimissis_Flyer.doc 


***Monday, April 30, 2012***

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Chicago

 Ladies Philoptochos Society

2727 W. Winona 

Chicago, IL 60625

-The Ladies Philoptochos Society of St. Demetrios will host an evening with the authors.  Book discussion and Q & A.  Book signing will follow.  All are welcome!  



***Thursday, April 5, 2012***

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Franczek Radelet Law Firm

 300 S. Wacker Dr. 

Suite 3400

Chicago, IL 60606

-This event is “by invitation only.”  Peter Stamatis will discuss his book, Dandelions for Dinner, as part of the firm's Diversity Luncheon Program.



***February 23, 2012***

Announcing the

Official Launch of
Dandelions for Dinner

by Sam P. Stamatis and Peter S. Stamatis

Please join us at the National Hellenic Museum

Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.
to celebrate the release of

Dandelions for Dinner: Greece at War and a Family’s Dream of America.

Sam and Peter Stamatis will discuss and read passages from the memoirs, followed by Q&A and book signing.

Light refreshments will be served.

Click here to view invite.

For more information...

National Hellenic Museum / The newest thing in ancient history
333 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60661








Thank you to all who came out to our first event.  Over 170 guests in attendance.  We appreciate your enthusiasm and support!


***JANUARY 17, 2012***

St. John the Baptist Ladies Philoptochos Society, 2350 E. Dempster St., Des Plaines, IL presents an Evening with the Author.  Sam P. Stamatis and Peter S. Stamatis present their newly published book, Dandelions For Dinner.  Beginning at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy wine and cheese while listening to tales of Sam Stamatis' memoir from his childhood in war-torn Greece as well as their survival and escape to America.  Free Admission.  Members and non-members invited...Bring a friend!  For information call Sophie Toulon 847-698-3396.