Rumi Comes to Tribeca and PEN World Voices Festival: Anatolian Days & Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey

April 25, 2012 – Princeton, NJ

Anatolian Days and Nights

Anatolian Days and Nights by Joy E. Stocke and Angie Brenner

Anatolian Days & Nights

As part of the seven-day PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, Wild River Review Editor-in-Chief Joy E. Stocke and West Coast Editor Angie Brenner will be in the heart of TriBeCa at Double-Knot Gallery on Saturday, May 5, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm to debut their memoir: Anatolian Days & Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints.

Learn about Sufi literature and poetry, whirling dervishes, and prayer rugs, Turkish cuisine and wine, and the music of the Ney as you are transported to Central Turkey and the world of Sufi mystic, Jelaluddin Rumi.

With stories that break through cultural stereotypes, Anatolian Days & Nights explores the rich culture and fascinating history of Turkey. Joy Stocke is on the board of the Princeton Middle East Society and a member of the Turkish Women’s Network. Angie Brenner owned her own travel bookstore, World Journeys, and has lectured widely on all aspects of travel.

“Compassionate, nuanced, tender and informative, this book will change your perspective on contemporary Turkey,” says Elif Shafak, author of The Bastard of Istanbul and Black Milk.

“We are deeply pleased to participate in PEN World Voices Festival, and PEN American Center’s 90th Anniversary,” says Kim Nagy, Co-Founder of Wild River Books and Executive Editor of Wild River Review. “PEN serves a vital role in protecting freedom of expression and celebrating the power of literature in all of its forms. Telling stories that deepen our understanding of human beings and the historical context behind international headlines is paramount to our work at Wild River Books and our literary magazine, Wild River Review.”

This event will be held at 3 White Street in New York City and is presented by PEN World Voices Festival, co-sponsored by Double-Knot Gallery and Wild River Review. Food and wine provided by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture. Cost of admission is $10 per ticket. Call (866) 811-4111 or visit to order tickets in advance.

Anatolian Days & Nights is the latest book published by Wild River Books, an outgrowth of the online literary magazine Wild River Review, which brings the finest literary voices to print through traditional and digital formats. Wild River Books works with authors committed to the craft of writing and telling stories that speak to the interconnectedness of people and societies; what binds us, what breaks us apart, and what forces ultimately elevate us.

About The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature

More than 100 writers from 25 nations will convene for the eighth annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature to celebrate the power of the written word and challenge audiences to engage with literature in creative and unexpected ways. Taking place in New York City from April 30-May 6, the Festival will mark PEN American Center’s 90th anniversary year of defending freedom of expression, promoting literature, and fostering international literary fellowship. PEN World Voices founder Salman Rushdie will chair the Festival and deliver the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture on closing night. In addition to panels, lectures, readings, and one-on-one conversations, the Festival will feature collaborations between selected writers and performing artists including the Kronos Quartet, Elevator Repair Service, and Processional Arts Workshop, as well as events that prompt us to look at how we respond to literature in diverse political and social contexts.

Wild River Books publishes new writers of merit and established writers whose work deserves to be read by a new generation. For more information visit or contact Kim Nagy at or (609) 903-3038.