City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd. will host an event with Sam and Peter Stamatis, authors of "Dandelions for Dinner" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.

Information about the event from City Lit Books:

What happens to a family already on the brink of disaster when the world around them crumbles? Dandelions for Dinner presents a memoir set in the sleepy town of Gargaliani, Greece, spanning the last quarter of the 19th century through the Greek Civil War of the 1940s. Told through the eyes of Sam Stamatis as a 13-year-old boy, and written with the help of his son, Peter Stamatis, this book is an epic tale of youth, family, poverty, war and unjust loss. It is also an uplifting story of how in the midst of calamity, survival is possible when you use your head, take your hits, and maintain an undying faith. This memoir is, above all, a story about the importance of America — not only for those who live here, but also for all those who reside in the dark corners of faraway lands and dream of a better life.

Sam Stamatis was born in Gargaliani, Greece. He immigrated to the United States at age 13 and later served in the U.S. Army. After a long career as an electrical engineer, Sam retired. He lives in Chicago's northern suburbs with Litsa, his wife of more than 50 years.

Peter Stamatis is the youngest of Sam's three children. He is currently a Chicago trial lawyer and the principal attorney at the Law Offices of Peter S. Stamatis