Libros Libertad Publishing
Manolis was born in the small village Kolibari west of Chania on the Greek island of Crete in 1947. At a young age his family moved first to Thessaloniki and then to Athens where he was educated, achieving a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science at Panteion Supreme School of Athens. He served in the armed forces for two years, and emigrated to Vancouver in 1973, where he worked in several different jobs over the years.
He attended Simon Fraser University for a year, taking English Literature in a non-degree program. He has written three novels, a large number of collections of poetry, which are slowly appearing as published works, various articles and short stories in Greek as well as in English. After working as an iron worker, train labourer, taxi driver, and stock broker, he now lives in White Rock where he spends his time writing, gardening, and traveling.
Towards the end of 2006 he founded Libros Libertad, an unorthodox and independent publishing company in Surrey, BC, with the goal of publishing literary books.
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VideosGIANNIS STRATIS "PARADISE" MANOLIS ALIGIZAKIS "VORTEX" HD
GIANNIS STRATIS "Παράδεισος"- "Paradise"
Λάδι Σε Καμβά, Oil on Canvas, 80cm X 60cm, 2007
Ποίηση Μανώλης Αλυγιζάκης "Vortex"
Poetry Manolis Aligizakis "Vortex"
Εξώφυλλο Βιβλίου "Παράδεισος" Γιάννης Στρατής
Cover Art "Paradise" Giannis Stratis
Music Maksim Mrvica Handel's - "Sarabande"
Images of Absence
In the new book by the Greek poet Manolis Images of Absence the microcosm and the macrocosm both blend into the simple images of everyday life that become a mystery into which the poet delves with willingness and humbleness.
Tasos Livaditis: Selected Poems
For years I’ve prepared myself for that big moment
the miracle of the century, on the other hand
you have to admit I’m one of a kind in my field —
but, God, what happened, who betrayed me, where
they found all the proof? The procedure was quick
the district attorney to the point, “are you him?”
he asked me, “him” I answered
is there any worst charge?
Manolis, a prolific poet, possesses a distinctly Mediterranean flavour, as would a poet schooled on Cavafy or Elytis: aromatic, tangy, like freshness of an olive grove in the morning.
by Attila F. Balazs
Is blue the color of patience? Is this why the sea and the sky turn grey when harmony and patience and the sensuality of emotions are spent?
Isn't the sea, ever angry, that moved into your eyes?
Can you only swing on its waves?
Sweep my fear far away like the carcass of an octopus
Ioanna Frangia. Idolaters
Ioanna Frangia was born in Peireus and lives in Athens. She worked as a tourist guide and also as a clinical psychologist. Because of her first career she travelled all over Greece and studied in depth the historical path of ancient Greek civilization from the prehistoric times to today.
by Candice James
Purple Haze purports to describe "nondescript days" but that's just a poetic haze that subtly brings the reader to this poetry's real clarity, which is its ability to pose questions. These poems situate the "I/You" of the lyric's spoken voice in a passionate, sometimes erotic, interrogation of imagination and feeling that is looking for answers.
The Tragic Marriages of Doctor Geneva Song
by Robert N. Friedland
Robert Friedland knows so much about Chinese culture. Reading this novel is like reading the writer’s heart, and entering the world where Chinese women become intertwined with the West. Doctor Geneva Song is clearly destined become one of fiction’s legendary women, but in truth, it is because she is a real woman of flesh and blood and passion.
Wellspring of Love
by Doris Riedweg
In this third novel in the Water series, Riedweg quickly draws us into the turbulent world of the Cresswells' adopted daughter, Rachael. Now 16, Rachael yearns for more freedom and excitement than a prairie farm has to offer. While her younger brother is blissfully content tending cows, Rachael is not, preferring instead the company of her wild older cousin.
by Márta Gyermán-Tóth
Károly’s poetry ranges from the sublime to the ordinary, from the general to the very personal and it is graced with European motifs and imagery: taste of the cosmos beyond the in between water. Poetry entrenched deeply in the European tradition with elements of surrealism, with meditative moods, these poems at sometimes engage the reader deeply and at other times they truly entertain.
Within These Bonds
by Loreena M. Lee
Will Evelyn be able to find her way to a better life? Or will her hopes be shattered once again when all is not what it seems.
In the 1930’s, men carved out their realm on parcels of land on the Alberta frontier. With their wives and families, they coped with poverty, hard work and loneliness.
Cloe and Alexandra
Cloe and Alexandra are two contemporary Greek Poetesses with passionate voices that work from within today's human condition to describe its pain and pleasure; two voices so similar and yet so different in their expression of the internal. They are two poetesses who try to blend both pain and pleasure into an acceptable value.
In his latest book of poems, Manolis celebrates the “imperfect perfection of the imperfect chaos,” energetic and lucid philosophic meditations on the mysteries of being human. Übermensch is derived from one of Nietzsche’s most challenging and frequently misunderstood concepts, the Superman or Overman.
In Turbulent Times
by Ron Duffy
Since its inception as a semi-autonomous country within the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland has survived the convulsions of the Civil War, the privations of the Second World War, the abortive IRA campaign of violence in the 1950s, and the student-led agitation for civil rights in the 1960s that led to over thirty years of brutal terror, euphemistically referred to as The Troubles.
Ken Kirkby - Warrior Painter
by Patricia M. Fraser
KEN KIRKBY—WARRIOR PAINTER is a remarkable biography about a very remarkable man. It is, also, an unusual book about a very unusual man.
This is an enlightening story of a very intelligent, artistically endowed, determined and perhaps spiritually guided warrior for the conservation of the land, air and water upon which the continuation of all species, including our own, depends.
by Michael Zrymiak
This is a story about new beginnings and new life in Saskatchewan, the province that was developed by newcomers and that, in turn, enabled the development of newcomers. The harshness of the climate and the austerity of the land dictated that survival was literally a life and death struggle in the early going.
Nukes on the 49th
by Michael Zrymiak
Nukes on the 49th is a techno-thriller depicting a struggle of wills between American and Canadian political forces that eventually results in the Canadian Prime Minister deciding to develop nuclear weapons. Two American nuclear accidents on Canadian soil had pushed him over the edge.
Standing at an Angle to My Age
by P.W. Bridgman
P.W. Bridgman's fictional writing explores universal themes of forgiveness and redemption, of love and loss, of hope and hopelessness and darkness and light. The author is concerned – as are so many of us – with the lineaments and poetic chiaroscuro of seemingly ordinary lives...
Jazz with Ella
by Jan DeGrass
While on a study tour of the Soviet Union during the austere Brezhnev years, Jennifer, a Canadian student, is swept off her feet by a handsome Soviet man, Volodya. He is a discontented jazz pianist whose idol is singer Ella Fitzgerald–for him the symbol of everything mysterious and musical that can happen only in the west....
George Seferis: Collected Poems
"George Seferis-Collected Poems", Libros Libertad, 2012, one of fine finalists in the Greek National Literary Awards Competition in the translation category. The Greek National Literary Awards are the highest level of literary recognition same as the General Governor Awards here in Canada.
The Unquiet Land
by Ron Duffy
The newly ordained Father Padraig returns to his home village of Corrymore as its new priest. The mission he has set himself in addition to his parochial duties is to save the souls" of the proud, pagan fisherman Finn MacLir and his daughter Caitlin by converting them to Christianity...
Nostos and Algos
In Nostos and Algos a mature poet tells a simple story and yet underlying it all is a tension formed by intense, glaring, cutting, gripping and captivating images.
Water in the Wilderness
by Doris Riedweg
Happily married to her beloved Morley, Tyne Cresswell is content in her dual role of farmer's wife and hospital nurse. Then a late night conversation with one of her patients sets in motion a series of heartbreaking events that neither she nor Morley could ever have imagined. But, throughout her darkest nights, Tyne learns that God does, indeed, provide water in the wilderness.
by Candice James
This book of sonnets is alive with emotions and vivid imagery borrowed from the many splendoured paintings that light the canyons of the heart.
What is created in Vernal Equinox goes beyond just passion… this is no Harlequin poetry selection. Instead, the focus is on the feelings of both solitude and space that affection fills. The grace of companionship through difficulties, and the familiar grasp of a hand that soothes after a nightmare.
In the Quiet After Slaughter
by Don McLellan
They chuck bean balls in the Mexican League, join a tour group to the Orient or serve time in a Prairie prison. They nurse divorce wounds on a Caribbean isle, search for a runaway, cultivate a grow-op in the basement...
Iliarjuk: An Inuit Memoir
by Dreque Dreque
When I first read the Dracc Dreque manuscript I was immediately struck by its unflinching honesty and its uniqueness. As far as I knew, it was the only memoir ever written by an Inuit and it cut sharply across our ideas about the Arctic...
by Doug Ramsey
Poodie James uses intelligence, charm and hard work to overcome his handicaps and achieve independence in a place he loves. He cherishes the rugged beauty of his valley and the kindness of the people who live in it. Most of his fellow citizens see him as a character or a curiosity, but the most powerful man in the valley thinks Poodie is a threat.
Secrets Kept / Secrets Told
by Ben Nuttall-Smith
Secrets Kept / Secrets Told, Paddy's story of Personal Growth, relates a journey of healing, showing that anyone can heal from abuse and PTSD, giving readers insight and hope.
Requiem of the Human Soul
by Jeremy Lent
Eusebio Franklin, a school teacher from a small community, is faced with the most terrifying dilemma imaginable: should he carry out an act of mass terrorism in order to save the human race?
Constantine P. Cavafy. Poems
Cavafy was concise and accurate; so much so that he would work on each of his verses again and again making sure that it was in its final and perfect form before he would mail it to anyone; most of this of course is lost in the translation, as such an element in writing is impossible to replicate in another language...
by Fauzia Rafique
Skeena is the story of a Muslim Canadian woman spanning thirty years of her life where she explores her changing environments, religious and cultural influences, and intimate relationships...
by Luisa Maria Celis
How does a monk raised in a monastery deal with naked women and the atrocities of war? In 1566, Spain expands its dominion over the newly discovered territories not yet widely known as America. The many native nations of this new land pose no threat to Spain's superiority, despite the ferocity of their resistance...
Greece, the birthplace of democracy, is in one of its darkest periods. A right wing government known as the Regime of Colonels is terrorizing the Greek populace. Those who dissent from government policy or action go to prison – or simply disappear...
by Paul A. Green
This unique fusion of occultural fantasy and speculative fiction evokes a subversive transmutation of everyday life, in which Qabalistic magick elides with quantum physics to create a fissile reality – a voyage into dangerous zones...
Yannis Ritsos. Poems. Selected Books
Yannis Ritsos was born in Monemvasia, Greece, May 1, 1909 as a cadet of a noble family of landowners, but his youth is marked by devastation in his family: economic ruin, the premature death of his mother and eldest brother, and the internment of his father, who also
suffered bouts of mental unrest, all of which ultimately affected Ritsos’ outlook.
Ken Kirkby. A Painter’s Quest for Canada
by Goody Niosi
When Ken Kirkby unveiled his painting, Isumataq in Parliament on March 28, 1992, he had to make do with a 25-foot model and the first four panels of the painting itself. The original, at 152' long and 12' high would not fit into the building. But even the model brought tears to the
eyes of the 301 members of Parliament and senators gathered there.
Blood, Feathers & Holy Men
by Ben Nuttall-Smith
Blood, Feathers and Holy Men is a search for spiritual truth. It also tells a fascinating and sometimes violent
tale of Quétzalcoatl – the same mythical Mexican deity who, 500 years later, would convince Montezuma
that the marauding Spanish conquistador, Cortés, was the god Quétzalcoatl returned as promised.
The Second Wedding of Doctor Geneva Song
by Robert N. Friedland
Doctor Geneva Song's Chinese wedding ceremony is traditional, but she marries outside of her race and culture. This ancient ritual sets in motion a fateful journey from the light to the dark for Geneva, her Spirit Sister, and the men who love them.
Circle is a political intrigue story that reflects recent world events and their aftermath. The characters are caught between circumstances of their cultures and politics of the times, players who are not what they portray: naïve and cunning, loyal and duplicitous, sentimental and appetite driven.
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