Tonight at 7pm you are officially invited to join Charles King for a reading and discussion of Midnight at the Pera Palace, his fascinating exploration of the heady politics, scandal, and stunning change of twentieth century Istanbul. Joseph Kanon writes: “Few places were as colorful as Istanbul between the wars and Professor King captures all the chaotic brio and contradictions of a city, and a culture, reinventing itself.”
King will be joined in conversation by Elif Batuman, prominent critic and author, and writer-in-residence at Koç University in Istanbul.
Charles King is Professor of International Affairs and Government at Georgetown University. He is the author of six books on European history and politics, including Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams, which received the National Jewish Book Award, and The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus. He lectures widely on eastern Europe, social violence, and ethnic politics, and has worked with broadcast media including CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC, the History Channel, and MTV.
Elif Batuman is a staff writer for the New Yorker and writer-in-residence at Koc University in Istanbul. Her first book, The Possessed, was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, a runner-up for the Pen/Diamondstein-Spielvogel Award, and longlisted for the 2011 Guardian First Book Award.