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June 18, 2012
Dusk-to-dawn reading of 'The Odyssey' at Fairytale Town

In the world of literature, "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" - epic poems attributed to the Greek poet Homer - endure as classics. After all, scholars think they were written in the 8th century BC.

"The Iliad" tells the story of the Trojan War. "The Odyssey" follows Greek hero Odysseus on his adventure-filled, 10-year post-war voyage home.

Families have a chance to hear Homer's words, as Fairytale Town and the Readers of Homer have teamed to present a dusk-to-dawn reading of "The Odyssey."

More than 200 people - children, military veterans, teachers and poets among them - will take turns reading aloud pre-assigned passages of the story. Three of the readers will be Sacramento poet laureate Bob Stanley, Sacramento Opera general director Rod Gideons, and Sacramento Bee community-affairs director Pam Dinsmore.

The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and end around 7 a.m. Saturday. Food and beverages will be catered by the Greek restaurant Opa! Opa! Families are encouraged to bring sleeping bags and lawn chairs.

Fairytale Town, which opened in 1959, is at 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento. The Readers of Homer is a "literary-event company that produces audience-participation readings of 'The Iliad' and 'The Odyssey.'"

Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $25 day-of. The event is free for veterans, active military, students with ID, and children 12 and younger.

To register and buy tickets:, (916) 808-7462.

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