The official book launch for SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON, the Alexander the Great themed historical novel by W. Ruth Kozak that is taking readers by storm, will be held on January 14th 2015, 7.30 pm at the Hellenic Community Centre, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver!

Following a successful Book Reception at the Athens Centre in Greece and already the recipient of a Canadian literary ‘Empowered Writer’ Award presented at the Opening Gala of the 4th World Poetry Canadian International Peace Festival on October 19th for her debut, magisterial work, SHADOW OF THE LION (Vol 1): BLOOD ON THE MOON, published earlier this year by MEDIAARIA CDM, the author, W. Ruth Kozak, will be in attendance at the book launch, along with the well known Greek Poet, Manolis Aligizakis. The book launch will be hosted by the Consul General of Greece, Mr Ilias Kremmydas. Mr Ilias Kremmydas has been the Consul General of Greece in Vancouver since November 2012 and has served in the Embassies of Greece in Belgrade and Tel Aviv, as well as in the Liaison Office of Greece in Prishtina. Prior to his arrival in Canada, he served for two years at the Prime Minister’s Diplomatic Office in Athens.

Extensively researched in Greece with the support of Classical scholars, the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Society of Macedonian Studies (Thessaloniki), the Finnish Institute in Athens, the Norwegian Institute of Athens and with research undertaken in the Gennadius Library and the British Library, SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON is Volume One of an epic story set in the aftermath of the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC, and against the backdrop of political intrigue, ruthless ambition, racial prejudice, excess and greed, follows the journey of the newly appointed joint-kings, Alexander’s half-brother Philip Arridaios and his infant son, Iskander (Alexander IV). Complete with all the ingredients of a Greek tragedy, this remarkable story, driven by blood, lust, fierce loyalty and a hunger for power, is fast on its way to being hailed as a literary classic of its genre! Book readings in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal are also planned as part of the 'The Greeks - From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great' Exhibition, set to open at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec (June 5, 2015 - October 12, 2015). To learn more, click here.

With the fans of SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON counting among its growing numbers best selling authors Steven Pressfield (‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’ and ‘Gates of Fire’) and Scott Oden (‘Men of Bronze’, ‘Memnon’ and ‘The Lion of Cairo’), this is what these two noted writers are already saying about SHADOW OF THE LION:BLOOD ON THE MOON:

“Major kudos on this fantastic accomplishment. W.Ruth Kozak has done what millions of people set out to do and only a handful actually DO! Congratulations!” STEVEN PRESSFIELD.

“It has been my great pleasure to read W.Ruth Kozak’s SHADOW OF THE LION…It is what Mary Renault's ‘Funeral Games’ should have been...” SCOTT ODEN.

As well as purchasing your own copy of SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON, you also can be a part of this literary event by doing one or all of the following:

1)     Join the ‘Introduction to "Shadow of the Lion"’ open social network group on Facebook, click here.

2)     Keep updated with posts from the Author, W. Ruth Kozak, via her dedicated ‘Shadow of the Lion’ blog listing her latest accolades and more, click here.

3)     Listen to W. Ruth Kozak’s interview with host, Ariadne Sawyer, on the World Poetry Cafe Radio Show as she talks about 'Shadow of the Lion: Blood on the Moon' and the origins of this epic work, click here.

4)     To read a fan's review of SHADOW OF THE LION (Vol.1): BLOOD ON THE MOON, click here.

A  Canadian travel journalist with a strong interest in history and archaeology, W. Ruth Kozak is a frequent traveller and has lived for several years in Greece and instructs classes in travel journalism and creative writing for the Vancouver School Board. A travel writer since 1982, W. Ruth Kozak’s publications have featured in the Vancouver Province, 50Plus, Senior Living, and various other newspapers and magazines, printed in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

SHADOW OF THE LION (Vol.1): BLOOD ON THE MOON is W. Ruth Kozak’s first published literary work and is OUT NOW on general release and available worldwide from major online booksellers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, Chapters / Indigo etc), as well as from high street bookstores for order. 

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