Wednesday, 1:00 pm EDT May 27, 2020
1pm ET / 10am PT
Join us for the celebration of the release of Elliot Ackerman’s Red Dress In Black and White, published by Knopf. The timely new novel is set against the Gezi Park protests in Turkey, where Ackerman spent many years living, and reporting. The National Book Award finalist will be interviewed by writer Özgür Mumcu.
Elliot Ackerman is the author of the novels Red Dress in Black and White, Waiting for Eden, Dark at the Crossing, and Green on Blue, as well as the memoir Places and Names: On War, Revolution and Returning. His books have been nominated for the National Book Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal in both fiction and non-fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His writing often appears in Esquire, TIME magazine, and the New York Times, where he is a contributing opinion writer, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Travel Writing. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C.
Özgür Mumcu graduated from Galatasaray University Faculty of Law, and later completed his master and doctorate degree in Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne University. He works as a research assistant in Galatasaray University and his columns appear in newspapers such as Birgün, Radikal and Cumhuriyet since 2009. He currently co-hosts a popular podcast show “Yeni Haller”. His debut novel Barış Makinesi (The Peace Machine) became an instant best-seller in 2017. The novel is published in English, German, Danish and İtalian. It will also be published in more languages including Spanish and Korean. Various international media outlets such as the Guardian, the Financial Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, La Stampa reviewed the book. The Peace Machine is long listed for the EBRD Literature Award.
Red Dress in Black and White
By Elliot Ackerman
Published by Alfred A. Knopf
From the widely acclaimed author of Waiting for Eden: a stirring, timely new novel that unfolds over the course of a single day in Istanbul: the story of an American woman attempting to leave behind her life in Turkey–to leave without her husband.
Catherine has been married for many years to Murat, an influential Turkish real estate developer, and they have a young son together, William. But when she decides to leave her marriage and return home to the United States with William and her photographer lover, Murat determines to take a stand. He enlists the help of an American diplomat to prevent his wife and child from leaving the country–but, by inviting this scrutiny into their private lives, Murat becomes only further enmeshed in a web of deception and corruption. As the hidden architecture of these relationships is gradually exposed, we learn the true nature of a cast of struggling artists, wealthy businessmen, expats, spies, a child pulled in different directions by his parents, and, ultimately, a society in crisis. Riveting and unforgettably perceptive, Red Dress in Black and White is a novel of personal and political intrigue that casts light into the shadowy corners of a nation on the brink.
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