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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Chris Holaves  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Children;

Born: 1945 in Astakos, Greece

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Illinois Connection

Holaves emigrated to Danville, Illinois in 1954. He received his BS at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois and his MS at the University of Illinois in Urbana. He currently resides in Roscoe, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Holaves is an author, poet and publisher. His books are bilingual and his poetry has been published in Midwest magazines and papers. He runs Astakos Publishing with his wife.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Even the Dead Get Up for Milk / Hasta los muertos se levantan por leche
ISBN: 0979299101

Astakos Publishing. 2008

Flickering lights, creaking floors, and a mysterious family only he sees stir a boy's imagination in this narrative verse. Will he overcome his fears of his new home and its strange occupants? Original.

Running with the Bats / Corriendo con los murciélagos
ISBN: 097929911X

Astakos Publishing. 2010

Running with the Bats / Corriendo con los murciélagos tells the story of a young boy named Joe. One fall night after a baseball game with his friends, Joe says good bye and starts to walk home alone on a dark, country road. When he thinks zillions of flying insects and swooping bats are chasing him, he recalls his dad’s words, “To be the greatest baseball player, you must be strong, be brave!” Caught by his fear, he knows he has to reach home to escape these scary creatures. He’d better be strong, be brave! This children’s book is a five-in-one: It is a suspenseful story with family values and themes written for third through sixth graders. It is bilingual and entertains both English and /or Spanish readers. It includes vocabulary in both languages. It has discussion questions for parents and teachers to help children understand their fear of strange animals, and it presents facts about bats that children would want to know. From cover to cover, this book is written in English and Spanish. Running with the Bats / Corriendo con los murciélagos is told in narrative verse and is accurately translated into Spanish. The English and Spanish stanzas appear on the same page. The Spanish is certified to be correct by a professor of Spanish at Northern Illinois University. The story is illustrated with 51 pen and ink drawings. Please visit for additional reviews and librarians’ comments.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Holaves enjoys visiting bookstores, libraries and schools for book signings and readings. He will also speak to groups about writing and publishing. For additional information on the author's speaking availability, please send an email to