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  Elif Shafak Performs at The Moth: PEN World Voices Elif Shafak tells a story on the them “What Went Wrong?” at The Moth at PEN World Voices, part of the 2011 PEN World Voices Festival. &nbs...More >>

  May 10, 2011 by Rafia Zakaria Motherhood is often imagined as a natural state for women, a return to some authentic self that is believed to lie at the core of every woman. In patriarchal ...More >>


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Acclaimed Turkish author Elif Şafak tours US with
  Acclaimed Turkish author Elif Şafak tours US with ´Black Milk´   Thursday, May 5, 2011 Internationally acclaimed Turkish writer Elif Şafak has embarked on a U.S. tour following the release there of her latest book, “Siyah Süt” (Black Milk), based on her personal experiences with postpartum depression. Şafak’s tour of top universities and literature festivals included two recent events at the PEN festival in New York. She took the stage with Salman Rushdie and Jonathan Franzen before an audience of 500 people at the festival’s closing ceremony, which took place at the Moth Theater, and made a speech on the “Dilemmas of a Writer.” The author’s new memoir, the elegantly writ.. More >>

Cultural understanding connects the modern world
  Cultural understanding connects the modern world, according to speaker May 4, 2011 Written by Alexandros Letsas Award-winning novelist Elif Shafak, considered the most widely read female writer in Turkey, delivered the 2011 Campagna Kerven Lecture to about 40 students and faculty in the Castle on Tuesday. In 2006 Suzanne Campagna launched the annual lecture in memory of her father, Mehmet Nahid Kerven, and her husband, Gerald Campagna, to promote themes on Modern Turkish society, economy, culture and politics, according to the lecture’s website. Shafak first gave a speech about her background, her work and her concept of the modern world and then initiated an open conversation w.. More >>


  And so begins the story of Esma a young Kurdish woman in London trying to come to terms with the terrible murder her brother has committed. Esma tells the story of her family stretching back three generations; back to her grandmother and the births of her mother and Aunt in a village on the edge of the Euphrates. Named Pembe and Jamila, meaning Pink and Beautiful rather than the names their mother wanted to call them, Destiny and Enough, the twin girls have very different futures ahead of them all of which will end in tragedy on a street in East London in 1978. A powerful, brilliant and moving account of murder, love and family set in Kurdistan, Istanbul and London  ...

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