Reaching Mithymna Virtual Book Launch

September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Facebook Live by Biblioasis
Event poster with details including the book cover image for Reaching Mithymna by Steven Heighton.

Join us for the virtual book launch of Steven Heighton’s memoir, REACHING MITHYMNA. Steven will be joined for the launch by poet Sadiqa de Meijer. We are also partnering with Novel Idea Bookstore as the co-host for the launch.

The event will be streamed live on our Facebook page, as well as on Novel Idea Bookstore’s Facebook page. Check back for the link closer to the launch date!


In the fall of 2015, Steven Heighton made an overnight decision to travel to the frontlines of the Syrian refugee crisis in Greece and enlist as a volunteer. Arriving on the isle of Lesvos with a duffel bag and a dubious grasp of Greek, Heighton found himself thrown into emergency roles for which he was woefully unqualified.

From the brief reprieves of volunteer-refugee soccer matches to the riots of Camp Moria, REACHING MITHYMNA is a firsthand account of the crisis and an engaged exploration of the borders that divide us and the ties that bind.


Steven Heighton’s most recent books are The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep and The Waking Comes Late, which received the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His work has received four gold National Magazine Awards and has appeared in Granta, Tin House, London Review of Books, Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Poetry, TLR, and five editions of Best Canadian Stories. His novel Afterlands was cited on year-end lists in the USA, the UK, and Canada, and is in pre-production for film. In 2020 he will publish two books, a nonfiction account of the Middle Eastern refugee influx on Lesvos, Greece, and a children’s book drawing on the same events.


Sadiqa de Meijer’s debut collection, Leaving Howe Island, was a nominee for the 2014 Governor General’s Award for English-language poetry and for the 2014 Pat Lowther Award. Her second collection, The Outer Wards, was released in April of this year by Vehicule Press. Her forthcoming book, alfabet/alphabet, will be published with Palimpsest Press in September 2020. She lives with her family in Kingston, Ontario.


REACHING MITHYMNA will be available September 15, 2020. Get your copy at Novel Idea Bookstore or support your local indie book shop. Visit Novel Idea Bookstore’s website to pre-order: