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The Reading Group

Turkish Literature in Translation Reading Group is a virtual book club founded in April 2020 at the University of Texas at Austin. Since then, we reached out to more than 600 participants from around the world with 21 virtual events and 24 guest translators. Our aim is to gather those who are interested in Turkish literature together. Thus, we not only welcome UT Austin people but all interested academics, teachers, students, researchers, activists, artists, writers and scholars. Each month we talk about a selected Turkish novel with its translator. All of our discussions are free, held in English and registration is required.

Please check this page regularly to register for our upcoming events. For questions, contact me at ipeksahinler@utexas.edu

Sponsored by Texas Language Center, University of Texas at Austin Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion

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UPCOMING AND PAST EVENTS

22nd meeting: Lojman by Ebru Ojen

a conversation with Aron Aji and Selin Gökçesu — May 10, 2024 (1 pm, cst)

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Spring 2024 Program: “Reading Turkey’s Centenary via Orhan Pamuk-Part II”

21st meeting: The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk

a conversation with Victoria Rowe Holbrook — March 28, 2024 (1 pm, cst)

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20th meeting: The Red Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk

a conversation with Ekin Oklap — February 29, 2024 (1 pm, cst)

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Fall 2023 Program: “Reading Turkey’s Centenary via Orhan Pamuk”

19th meeting: My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk

a conversation with Erdağ Göknar – November 16, 2023 (1 pm, cst)

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18th meeting: The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk

a conversation with Güneli Gün – October 26, 2023 (1 pm, cst)

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17th meeting: A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

a conversation with Ekin Oklap – September 28, 2023 (1 pm, cst)

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16th meeting: Refik Halid Karay’s Stories of Exile

a conversation with Karolina Dejnicka and Nefise Kahraman – April 26, 2023

15th meeting: Murathan Mungan’s Valor Stories

a conversation with Aron Aji and David Gramling – March 30, 2023

14th meeting: Maureen Freely Discusses Sevgi Soysal’s Dawn (Archipelago Press: 2023) – February 23, 2023

13th meeting: Reading Sevgi Soysal in English

a conversation with Emma Raddatz, editor of Archipelago Books

November 30, 2022

12th meeting: James Joyce in Turkish and Ulysses‘ Centenary

a conversation with Armağan Ekici – October 27, 2022

11th meeting: Leyla Erbil’s Tuhaf Bir Kadın (1971) (A Strange Woman, Deep Vellum Press: 2022)

a conversation with Amy Marie Spangler – September 29, 2022

10th meeting: Suat Derviş‘s Çılgın Gibi (1945) (In the Shadow of the Yalı, Other Press: 2021)

a conversation with Maureen Freely – March 24, 2021

9th meeting: Ece Ayhan‘s Bakışsız Bir Kedi Kara (1965) (Blind Cat Black and Orthodoxies, Green Integer: 2015)

a conversation with Murat Nemet Nejat- February 17, 2022

8th meeting: Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’s Huzur (1948) (A Mind at Peace, Archipelago Books: 2011)

a conversation with Dr. Erdağ Göknar – October 21, 2021

Amazon.com: A Mind at Peace: 9780982624630: Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, Erdag  Göknar: Books

7th meeting: Barış Bıçakçı‘s Sinek Isırıklarının Müellifi (2011) (The Mosquito Bite Author, University of Texas Press: 2020)

a conversation with Matthew Chovanec – September 23, 2021

The Mosquito Bite Author: Biçakçi, Baris, Chonavec, Matthew: 9781477321096:  Amazon.com: Books

6th meeting: Sema Kaygusuz’s Yüzünde Bir Yer (2009) (Every Fire You Tend, Titled Axis Press: 2021)

a conversation with Nicholas Glastonbury – April 22, 2021

Every Fire You Tend' by Sema Kaygusuz granted translation prize - english

5th meeting: Aslı Erdogan’s Taş Bina ve Diğerleri (2009) (Stone Building and Other Places, City Lights Books: 2018)

a conversation with Dr. Sevinç Türkkan – March 23, 2021

The Stone Building and Other Places | D&R - Kültür, Sanat ve Eğlence Dünyası

4th meeting: Bilge Karasu’s Uzun Sürmüş Bir Günün Akşamı (1970) (A Long Day’s Evening, City Lights Books: 2012)

a conversation with Dr. Aron Aji – Feb 16, 2021

Pandora - Long Day's Evening - Bilge Karasu - Kitap - ISBN 9780872865914

3rd meeting: Kemal Varol’s Haw (2014) (Wûf, University of Texas Press: 2020)

a conversation with Dayla Rogers – Nov 19, 2020

2nd meeting: Sevgi Soysal’s Yenişehir’de Bir Öğle Vakti (1973) (Noontime in Yenisehir, Milet: 2016)

a conversation with Amy Marie Spangler – Oct 22, 2020

1st meeting: Orhan Pamuk’s Kar (2002) (Snow, Vintage International: 2004)

a conversation with Maureen Freely – Sep 24, 2020

Snow by Orhan Pamuk