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Author Event: Elif Shafak and Siri Hustvedt

Wednesday, January 31

Community Parkway District

Elif Shafak | Three Daughters of Eve with Siri Hustvedt | A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind


The most widely read female writer in Turkey, Elif Shafak has penned more than a dozen “vibrant, lush and lively” (Washington Post) books that have been translated into more than 40 languages. This work includes the bestselling novels The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, and The Architect’s Apprentice; the memoir Black Milk, which explores the conflicts between creativity and motherhood; and scores of articles in Turkish and English for periodicals around the world, including the Guardian, the New York Times, Der Spiegel, and La Repubblica, among others. Her writing has been nominated for the Orange Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award. Three Daughters of Eve explores the East and West’s roiling class, wealth, and religious differences.

Acclaimed for exploring questions of identity and perception, Siri Hustvedt’s many novels include the international bestsellers The Blazing World, What I Loved, and The Summer Without Men. She has published scores of essays and papers in academic journals, especially fitting because many of these works examine the broadening interdisciplinary relationship between art and science. Her many honors include the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction. A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women is a three-part essay collection that employs feminism, psychology, neuroscience, and a host of other pursuits to bridge the gaps between the sciences and humanities.


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