Joy E. Stocke and Angie Brenner Capture the Heart and Soul of Contemporary Turkey on a 10-Year Odyssey through One of the World’s Most Fascinating and Misunderstood Countries

February 2012

Anatolian Days and Nights

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Princeton, New Jersey
February 2012
Media Contact: Joy Stocke
Phone: 609-213-6580

“By the time the wise woman has found the bridge,
the crazy woman has crossed the water.”

Wild River Review and Wild River Books Celebrates the Publication of Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints and Announces its First-Ever “Pen Your Own Proverb Contest”

Joy E. Stocke and Angie
Brenner Capture the Heart and Soul of Contemporary Turkey on a 10-Year
Odyssey through One of the World’s Most Fascinating and Misunderstood Countries.

Wild River Review, will release Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints on March 1, 2012. Stocke, the editor-in-chief of Wild River Review, and Brenner, the magazine’s west coast editor, weave stories about their interactions with people from every walk of life from Istanbul to the borders of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Armenia, Georgia, and Greece. Stocke and Brenner experience the rituals of the Turkish bath (21st Century-style); enjoy romance on the Bosporus; meet a Sephardic Jewish Antiques dealer in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar; search for Anat, the mother goddess; enjoy sumptuous Turkish cuisine; attend the Whirling Dervish ceremony in Konya, celebrating sufi mystic poet Jelalludin Rumi; and encounter Turkish soldiers at gunpoint on the Syrian border.

“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.

“[The book] is an intimate, clear-eyed view of a fascinating country,” observes Alan Drew, author of Gardens of Water. “Joy Stocke and Angie Brenner have captured the contradictions of modern-day Turkey, while exposing the complex web of history at the heart of our human story.”

“As a frequent visitor to Turkey, I applaud Stocke and Brenner for skillfully weaving a tale that leaves me yearning to return,” writes HarrietMayor Fulbright, widow of Senator J. William Fulbright, Founder of the Fulbright Scholarship Program.

Wild River Review Invites You to Join our “Pen Your Own ProverbContest.”

:You can’t travel through Turkey for more than a day without hearing a proverb,” says Brenner.

“One of my favorite proverbs is deceptively simple, ‘Trust in Allah, but tie your camel,” says Stocke. “But Angie and I have come
to see the wisdom in it when we’re on the road. And if I were to share my own, it would be, ‘When life gets you down, take a journey and invite a friend.’ Probably not a prize winner, but one I subscribe to, anyway. I look forward to reading the entries.”

The winner will receive a copy of Anatolian Days & Nights and two hours of consultation on a writing project of your choice with Joy Stocke. For contest rules, click here: PenYour Own Proverb.

Brenner and Stocke kick off a national book tour the first weekof March on the West Coast, shift to a series of reading, signings and workshops in early April on the East Coast. In May they will lead a group trip to Istanbul and Cappadoccia, then resume the book tour in the Midwest in June. Go to Anatolian Book Tour for updates. Anatolian Days & Nights is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites and other bookstores via Ingram and Baker & Taylor, as well as all major digital book formats.

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About Wild River Review

The online magazine, Wild River Review seeks to raise awareness and compassion as well as inspire engagement through the power of stories. In a climate of repeated media flashes and quick newsbyte stories, Wild River Review curates, edits and publishes essays, opinion, interviews, features, fiction and poetry focusing on underreported issues and perspectives. Praised for “exceptionally interesting interviews,” Wild River Review has published conversations with many leading writers and thinkers including Orhan Pamuk, Elif Shafak, James McPherson, Alain de Botton, Pamela Tanner Boll, Tiffany Shlain, Saadi Youssef and Per Petterson among many others. To find out more about the female-run literary publication, read: Every River Tells A Story.