Istanbul is set to play host to a prestigious programme of 68 authors from all over the world, ahead of the upcoming Tanpinar Literature Festival.
The transcontinental Turkish city will welcome high profile authors from 22 countries, including Scottish novelist Ian Rankin and author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières.
The fascinating festival will feature reading and discussion events, workshops, book signings and literary parties and visitors from all over the world are expected to attend the four-day event, alongside journalists and publishers and industry professionals.
The best of both Turkish and international literature will be central to this year’s theme of “City and Fear”, which will explore the different facets of fear, both as a literary topic and as a basic element of the human condition.
Crime fiction writer Rankin, famous for his series of sinister Edinburgh-set stories, will appear as one of the stars of the festival. His iconic novels, featuring Inspector John Rebus, perfectly encapsulate the theme of “City and Fear”.
Also appearing are emerging British authors Ned Beauman and Jenn Ashworth, who are set to host a talk entitled “The Rebel’s Cause: Nightmares of the Teen Street”, in an exploration of the fears of adolescence.
Another highlight of the festival will be the transformation of venues into Amsterdam cafes in celebration of the 400th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Turkey and Holland. Eight notable Dutch writers will appear in the adapted venues to discuss the shared history of the two countries.
The Tanpinar Literature festival, now in its fourth year, is held in honour of legendary writer Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar. Author of The Time Regulation Institute, Tanpinar is widely regarded as one of the most important contributors to 20th century Turkish Literature.
The Istanbul Tanpinar Literature Festival will run from 1 – 4 October 2012.