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View events for the week of 12/19/2020
Conversation w/ Elif Shafak, Turkish-British Writer, Speaker, Academic (City Lights Books)
Date Saturday December 19
Time 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorCity Lights Bookstore SF
Location Details
Online event
Conversation w/ Elif Shafak, Turkish-British Writer, Speaker, Academic

Novel: "10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World"
Named a Best Book of the Year by Bookpage, NPR, Washington Post, and The Economist

Saturday, December 19, 2020 @ Noon PT

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/elif-shafak-tickets-130129202949


"10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World" is a moving novel on the power of friendship in our darkest times, from internationally renowned writer and speaker Elif Shafak. The novel's themes touch on female & cultural identity, violence against women & trafficking,
Middle Eastern culture, Armenian & Yazidis genocide, but also love and human connection in finding one's chosen family, and much more.

In the pulsating moments after she has been murdered and left in a dumpster outside Istanbul, Tequila Leila enters a state of heightened awareness. Her heart has stopped beating but her brain is still active-for 10 minutes 38 seconds. While the Turkish sun rises and her friends sleep soundly nearby, she remembers her life-and the lives of others, outcasts like her.

Tequila Leila's memories bring us back to her childhood in the provinces, a highly oppressive milieu with religion and traditions, shaped by a polygamous family with two mothers and an increasingly authoritarian father. Escaping to Istanbul, Leila makes her way into the sordid industry of sex trafficking, finding a home in the city's historic Street of Brothels. This is a dark, violent world, but Leila is tough and open to beauty, light, and the essential bonds of friendship.

In Tequila Leila's death, the secrets and wonders of modern Istanbul come to life, painted vividly by the captivating tales of how Leila came to know and be loved by her friends. As her epic journey to the afterlife comes to an end, it is her chosen family who brings her story to a buoyant and breathtaking conclusion.


ABOUT: Elif Shafak

https://www.elifsafak.com.tr/home

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 18 books, 11 of which are novels. Her work has been translated into 54 languages. Her latest novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize; and chosen Blackwell's Book of the Year. Her previous novel, The Forty Rules of Love was chosen by BBC among 100 Novels that Shaped Our World. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne's College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow.

She is a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). An advocate for women's rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice TED Global speaker. Shafak contributes to major publications around the world and she was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people "who will give you a much needed lift of the heart". Shafak has judged numerous literary prizes, and chaired the Wellcome Prize and is presently judging the Orwell Prize.
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