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Date/Time: 15/10/2003 12:00 am

invites you to the second of their fall 2003
NOT AT EAST artist salon series featuring writer
Elif Shafak
Reception and Artist presentation: Wednesday, October 15 , 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Arts International
251 Park Avenue South (btw. 20th and 21st Sts. ), 5th floor
Elif Shafak is a scholar and writer. Born in Strasbourg, France in 1971, she spent her teenage years in Spain, before returning to Turkey. Her first novel, Pinhan-The Sufi, which she published at age 27, was awarded the Rumi Prize–a recognition given to best works in mystical/transcendental literature. Subsequent novels, including Mahrem (Hide-and-Seek) for which she won the Turkish Novel Award, have all been variously concerned with ideas of estrangement, deterritorialization, the gaze of God, society and the lover, and with the urban spaces of Istanbul. This year on a fellowship in the USA, Elif Shafak completed her fifth novel, her first in English. The novel, The Saint of Incipient Insanities will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in fall 2004. Contesting the dominant and manipulative discourse of religious orthodoxy and nationalist ideologies, as well as established gender patterns & roles has been a central theme in her writings, fiction and nonfiction alike. She is currently visiting faculty at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Admission is free but space is limited.
Please RSVP to lwalton@artsinternational.org or (212) 674-9744 ext. 107
Mark your calendars for our next event:
Lebanese film and video-maker, Ghassan Salhab (Nov. 6)
Not at East is a series of performances, conversations, screenings and readings that is part of Arts International’s Islamic World Arts Initiative supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and the New York State Council on the Arts. For more information, visit www.artsinternational.org