Saturday, December 23, 2006

International Herald Tribune Recommends EH

In its December 13th list of the top 4 books on Turkish culture, IHT includes Tales from the Expat Harem along with works by Elif Shafak, Stephen Kinzer, and Jeremy Seal.

IHT, part of The New York Times Company, has a circulation of more than 240,000 and has been based in Paris since its founding in 1887. Printed at 33 different sites worldwide, it is sold in more than 180 countries.

Monday, December 18, 2006


The East-West, Past-Present Continuum

This week we had drinks with Expat Harem friend and fan Dr. Reina Lewis, the new Centenary Professor of Fashion Studies at London College of Fashion (and the author of Rethinking Orientalism: Women, Travel and the Ottoman Harem). Reina was in Istanbul to speak at the International Orientalism Symposium held in memory of the father of Orientalist theory, Edward Said.

Reina was one of our earliest supporters and expert reviewers. Now we are collaborating with her on projects to illustrate the historical and contemporary significance of foreign female views of the Near East. Along with her colleague Dr. Teresa Heffernan of Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada, Reina is the editor of Cultures in Dialogue, a book series which resurrects antique writings about Turkish life by Ottoman, British and American women and refreshes them with contemporary academic analysis.

Monday, December 11, 2006

EH Waxes Intimate in Guardian Abroad
The Guardian, one of UK's leading dailies and sister newspaper of the Observer (the world's oldest Sunday newspaper), has newly launched an online branch specifically geared for expats called Guardian Abroad. Aside from country reviews, legal information, and expert advice, the site offers expat experience features in its Diaries section.

Enter: EH contributor Erica Kaya, whose intimate, irreverent story is currently excerpted on the site.

"Waxing Feminine" will be featured in Guardian Abroad's Diaries in 3 installments over the next few weeks. Learn what happens to a Tennessee tomboy who wrongly equates primping with promiscuity... and gets her comeuppance.

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