Tuesday, June 20, 2006


National Geographic Traveler lists EH among "Best Resources"

Just in time for summer holidaymaking, National Geographic Traveler's July/August online issue includes article 48 Hours: Istanbul, which recommends Expat Harem as one of the 4 books travelers use to help plan their visit. Says NGT, "The beauty of Tales is that each story paints Turkey as the narrator experiences it, and, together, the stories construct a portrait of a people and their place."

Two of the other 3 recommended books are Orhan Pamuk's, not bad company indeed.

National Geographic Traveler reaches more readers (6.8 million) and more travelers (3.9 million) than any other travel magazine in the world.

Monday, June 19, 2006


EH Reaches Over 6.9 million Americans

Over the past few months, Expat Harem was mentioned in 68 American media outlets nationwide, with the total circulation of the print media at 6.9 million, though the total number of people reached also includes the US and global broadcast of radio and television interviews as well as coverage by various internet venues.

Listen to an MP3 audio clip of our interview on University of San Francisco's KUSF 90.3 FM (aired 28 May 2006).

Watch Voice of America's television interview with us at our Washington DC event (aired 11 and 18 June on Turkey's TGRT news).

Coming soon... audio clip of Discovery Channel radio interview and University of Michigan's WCBN 88.3 FM interview

Friday, June 16, 2006

EH Debuts at #1 on American Bestseller List!

We were edified to notice in the Tucson Weekly newspaper that Antigone Books in Tucson, Arizona reports Expat Harem as its #1 bestselling book the week ending May 19.

We presented the book to a crowd of 27 at Antigone on May 1, where one audience member broke Antigone's record for the most copies bought of one book in a single purchase (7 copies). Antigone sold out of their EH stock immediately following our reading, and two weeks afterward we're glad to see that Antigone's customers were still eager for more....

All our thanks to the staff of Antigone, and to our readers in Tucson!

Top Ten in Books
Antigone Books best-sellers for the week ending May 19, 2006

1. Tales From the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey Edited by Anastasia M. Ashman and Jennifer Eaton Gökmen, Seal Press ($15.95)
2. A Bruised Light Pamela Portwood, Star Cloud Press ($12.95)
3. Rage and Reconciliation: Inspiring a Health Care Revolution Lee Gutkind, Southern Methodist University Press ($19.95)
4. Zorro: A Novel Isabele Allende, Harper Perennial ($14.95)
5. Growing Tall in Colorado Hannah Blue Heron, Trafford Publishing ($15)
6. Healing Night: The Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming and Awakening Rubin R. Naiman, Syren ($14.95)
7. The Hummingbird's Daughter: A Novel Luis Alberto Urrea, Back Bay ($14.95)
8. Many Ways to Nirvana: Reflections and Advice on Right Living Dalai Lama, Penguin ($14)
9. Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables Farmer John Peterson, Gibbs Smith ($29.95)
10. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel Jonathan Safran Foer, Mariner ($13.95)

Thursday, June 01, 2006


Final Stats of US Tour

Whew! It was an excellent, if not exhausting, ride! See for yourselves (check ARCHIVES on left for the complete tour coverage)...

Dates: 12 April - 30 May
Total # of days: 49
Total # of miles: 21,000/33,796 km

Breakdown of Mileage:
International travel:
12,000 miles/19,312 km flight across 2 hemispheres and 2 continents

USA travel:
9,000 miles /14,484 km total
--3,500 miles/5,633 km driving through 17 states
--5,500 miles/8,851 km flying over 10 states

Average travel per day: 184 miles/296 km

# of States: 27, with event appearances in 10 of those states
# of Cities: 28 total, with event appearances in 22 of those cities

Event Breakdown:
# of Events: 28 total, with 21 public events and 7 private events
Venues/Hosts: 14 bookstores, 8 Turkey-affiliated organizations (both government and civilian), 3 "seven sisters" alumnae events, 1 academic conference
Audience total: 790 people
Average audience size: 28 people

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