Monday, March 19, 2007

Launching Istanbul's Freshest Cocktail: The EXPAT HAREM Martini

Join us for the unveiling of the martini that Saf Organic Bistro & Martini Bar has named after our anthology! Help us christen the new Expat Harem Martini by clinking glasses with EH writers and creators at Saf on Thursday, 29 March from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Designed by the extraordinary organic mixologist Joe McCanta, the Expat Harem Martini is a sparkling and spicy potion of vodka, cucumber, Saf’s house-made ginger beer, and fresh green apple juice.

Vivacious appetizers by Saf’s cutting-edge raw chefs will be compliments of the house and the EH martini on special, just for us.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Spotlight on EH Contributors

Rhonda Vander Sluis
We were pleased to learn that Islamica magazine
, a glossy international quarterly aimed at broadening perspectives on Islam, featured an excerpt of Rhonda's Expat Harem story Failed Missionary in their Issue 17 (September 2006). The magazine is distributed in 20 countries, with a concentration on US, UK, and European audiences.

Claire Uhr
Another contributor, Claire Uhr, was also recently honored in February as the guest speaker at the Moreton Club, a women’s society, in Brisbane, Australia. The dinner in honor of Expat Harem included a Turkish menu for its 70 guests as well as a presentation by Claire, in which she shared tales of her Anatolian adventures. Claire tells us the crowd, many of whom had visited Turkey, embraced the theme of the book and were eager to get their hands on a copy to help them relive their fond memories of the country.

Susan Fleming Holm
As this book was compiled “virtually” via submissions to our email inboxes, we editors have yet to meet all our fantastic contributors face to face. Through our Turkey and US tours we have made personal acquaintance with quite a few of them, and were thrilled this week to finally meet Susan Fleming Holm in Istanbul. Susan, the Dorothy Donald Professor of Modern Foreign Languages at Monmouth College, is in country for a one month research visit to various cities and towns to collect stories from Turkish women and/or expatriate women who have lived in Turkey for extended periods. Her aim is to learn how and why their lives have changed over the past forty years.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Ides of March...

...seem like they will turn out to be anything but "idle". ; )
Contributor Katherine Belliel (Haze) joined editor Jennifer Eaton Gökmen for a live interview on the 6:00pm news on channel 24 Haber the evening of 8 March (International Women's Day). Interviewed by Fuat Kozluklu, the two were asked to comment not only on Expat Harem, but on how their lives have been impacted by living in Istanbul, as well as the conditions for Turkish women in modern Turkey.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

In Like a Lion

Along with its typical blustery winds, March is heralding yet more media coverage. A feature profile of the Expat Harem editors graces this month's issue of AnthologiesOnline, a premier online resource connecting writers with anthology editors.

Traffic on the Expat Harem website has long been steadily increasing, now averaging 1400 visitors/month for the past 6 months. has been visited by 17,000 people from 139 countries in 6 continents. The top 10 visiting countries to date are: US, Turkey, UK, Germany, Canada, Netherlands, France, Australia, Italy, and India.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Monday Night Special
Monday night at 19:45, watch the Expat Harem editors online on Turkish national tv station TRT2's new arts & culture program RENGAHENK. Interviewed by Evren Yigit, author of Kipat, the editors give an update of Expat Harem's activities as well as its impact on Turkey's image abroad.

Friday, March 02, 2007


Perceptive Travel: Around the World with EH Editor's Book Reviews

Before you pack your bags for Mexico, the Middle East, or (if you're that brave) the deepest forests of Irian Jaya, Indonesia, read Anastasia Ashman's latest book reviews on Perceptive Travel. In the March/April 2007 issue, she covers Mexico, A Love Story, edited by Camille Cusumano; Maliha Masood's Zaatar Days, Henna Nights; and Sabine Kuegler's Jungle Child.

Perceptive Travel, a site which presents alternative travel writing by book authors, was recently distinguished for its content by the North American Travel Journalists Association, a professional organization of travel writers, photographers, and editors.

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