Book lovers in Istanbul should keep their agendas clear next week to make the most of the third İstanbul tanpınar literature festival (İTEF), a four-day literary feast running under the theme of “City and Food.”
Bringing together 54 authors from 13 countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Israel and Finland, the event which is to take the form of a selection of readings, dinner parties and panel discussions will take place across a number of İstanbul venues, including the Pera Museum, KargArt and the Cezayir Restaurant.
Festival organizers decided to embrace food as part of the festival this year to highlight what they believe to be a strong analogy of two indispensable components -- food and literature -- in the cultural life of every city. Tuesday evening will see Turkish novelists Mario Levi and Liz Behmoaras join forces with Israeli authors Shifra Horn and Alona Kimhi to discuss reflections of Sephardic Culture in literature and the kitchen. Other such food-related gatherings will include the “Ottoman Harem Suare” and “İstanbul Cuisine in Literature.”
Having recently embarked upon an exciting new partnership with the prestigious UK nonprofit organization Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, the festival will this year welcome British authors Hanif Kureishi and Tiffany Murray to speak at the festival. German author Jasmin Ramadan, famous for her collaboration with Turkish film-maker Fatih Akın, will also be present at the festival. Turkish authors set to take part include Ahmet Ümit, Hakan Günday and Muhsin Kızılkaya.
An event which places a lot of focus on promoting literature for children, the festival will be touring various Işık schools and colleges in Turkey where children’s authors and illustrators, including Claire Franek, Thilo, Timothée de Fombelle and Marjolijn Hof, will present a number of workshops. Drawing to a close on Oct. 6, the festival will travel to Mersin for two days on Oct. 7, where a number of literature events will be held. www.itef.com.tr