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Reading Group

Turkish Literature in Translation Reading Group” is a fully-virtual book club founded in September 2020 at the University of Texas at Austin. Our aim is to gather those who are interested in Turkish literature together. So we not only welcome UT Austin people, but also students, academics, writers and scholars outside UT. In short, any Turkish literature aficionado/a/xs is welcome here at TLIT. Our multicultural group meets every month throughout the semester and we converse about a selected Turkish novel with the book’s English translator. All our discussions are free, held in English and registration is required.

Please consult UT Austin’s Middle Eastern Studies webpage to check our upcoming events and register for them. For your questions, you can contact me at

Funded by UT Austin’s Middle Eastern Studies Department, Center for Middle East Studies, and Program of Comparative Literature.

Past events

1st meeting: Orhan Pamuk’s Snow with Maureen Freely – Sep 24, 2020

Snow by Orhan Pamuk

2nd meeting: Sevgi Soysal’s Noontime in Yenisehir with Amy Marie Spangler – Oct 22, 2020

Noontime in Yenişehir Sevgi Soysal

3rd meeting: Kemal Varol’s Wûf with Dayla Rogers – Nov 19, 2020

Wûf By Kemal Varol; translated by Dayla Rogers

4th meeting: Bilge Karasu’s A Long Days Evening with Aron Aji – Feb 16, 2021

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

5th meeting: Aslı Erdogan’s Stone Building and Other Places with Sevinc Turkkan – March 23, 2021

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

6th meeting: Sema Kaygusuz’s Every Fire You Tend with Nicholas Glastonbury – April 22. 2021

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

7th meeting: Barış Bıçakçı‘s The Mosquito Bite Author with Matthew Chovanec – September 23. 2021

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

8th meeting: Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’s Huzur with Erdağ Göknar – October 21. 2021 A Mind at Peace: 9780982624630: Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, Erdag  Göknar: Books