[CANCELED] Istanbul: Where Truth Meets Trouble

Conversation
08 May 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
SubCulture
45 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

Istanbul has captivated the imaginations of artists and writers for centuries. Many of British/Turkish novelist Elif Shafak’s novels take place in this magnificent doorway between continents and cultures. Her latest, 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in This Strange World, challenges the Turkish government in a story about a sex worker and the victims of sexual violence. Turkish/Kurdish novelist Burhan Sönmez also visits Istanbul as the setting for Labyrinth, his most recent work, and Istanbul, Istanbul, his previous novel. Hear Shafak and Sönmez talk about a city riven by political unrest, including traumas that have forced both of them to flee in the past and, in Shafak’s case, still deter her return for fear of arrest in the future.

This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for updates about future PEN World Voices Festival programming.

Elif Shafak
Burhan Sönmez

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