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The U.S. Embassy Literature Series

The U.S. Embassy, the Federal State Representation of Hesse, the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt, and Bayam Consulting

on the occasion of the Frankfurt Book Fair and its Guest of Honor 2008 Turkey

cordially invite to a reading and discussion with

Maureen Freely and Güneli Gün

Maureen Freely is a novelist, journalist, translator and academic. She will read from her latest novel, Enlightenment which was published by Marion Boyars in March 2007.

Maureen Freely was born in the United States of Irish parents, but grew up in Istanbul, Turkey. She now lives in England and is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Warwick and a freelance journalist writing for The Guardian, The Observer and Woman and Home. She is Orhan Pamuk’s translator. Her own novels include The Other Rebecca (1996) and The Life of the Party (1985).

Güneli Gün is a Turkish writer who writes in English. She will read from On the Road to Baghdad, a picaresque novel published by Bagdat Yollarinda in 1987, Hunter House in 1991 and Fischer Verlag in 1992.

Güneli Gün lives in Oberlin, Ohio, where she has been teaching creative writing and women’s studies at Oberlin College for many years. She is the author of Book of Trances (Esrimeler Kitabi/1979, a regular contributor to the Paris Review and World Literature Today and the translator of three major Turkish novels into English, among them Orhan Pamuk's The New Life and The Black Book.

A dark Conradian drama set in a beautifully illuminated Istanbul, where the past is always with us. Orhan Pamuk on Maureen Freely's novel Enlightenment

(Güneli Gün is) a shrewd and magical Turkish-American storyteller, sired by Garcia Marquez upon Scheherazade. John Barth

Flyer (pdf)

October 14, 2008 from 18:00-19:30
Venue: Hessiche Landesvertretung, Ministergärten 5, 10117 Berlin
Welcome remarks by Dr. Bernadette Droste, Hessischen Landesvertretung and Helena Kane Finn, U.S. Embassy.
Reception following
RSVP by October 9

October 17, 2008 from11:00-12:30
Venue: Literaturhaus Frankfurt, Schöne Aussicht 2, 60311 Frankfurt
RSVP by October 15

Both events will be moderated by Dr. Helena Kane Finn who served as a U.S. diplomat in Turkey for many years and currently is Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.

The reading and discussion will be conducted in English. Simultaneous translation into German will be provided.